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Is this phrase correct?

Do you want me continuing?

I usually use that phrase to ask my boss if he needs more support from me in a specific activity. But obviously I'm not quite sure if it's the correct way.

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  • "Do you still need my help?" works for me. "Do you want me continuing" sounds unwieldy.
    – Devbag
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 22:54
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    "Do you want me to continue" would be more correct, but I don't have the skill to explain the techical details of why.
    – Jasen
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 22:56
  • @Jasen It's just because want is followed by an -ing form of the verb. However, I'd like to know if it makes sense to say want me continuining for a native speaker. Is it grammatically correct? I think it could be idiomatic but not grammatical.
    – Schwale
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 23:36
  • @Ustanak: You've got that completely the wrong way round! Do you want me continuing? is perfectly grammatical, but totally non-idiomatic. Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 0:18
  • @FumbleFingers My god haha. Why is that?
    – Schwale
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 0:19

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I would instead say:

Do you need anything else?

Do you need any more help?

Is there anything else I can do?

If I was going to make the sentence in your title sound more natural, I would write:

Do you want me to continue?

This, however, sounds is just a bit too much. I can't quite say why, but it sounds a bit snarky to me.

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  • I've heard people saying do you want me to stop? — Is that construction weird for a native speaker?
    – Schwale
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 17:31
  • That construction is fine, but it doesn't quite match the situation you described in your question. I wouldn't ask do you want me to stop? unless the person I was talking was acting visibly uncomfortable or unhappy with what I was saying. Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 17:56
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If you want to keep the phrase construction, it would have to be:

Do you want me to continue?

There are more than one reason for it.

  • 1st: After the verb want, you have to use the following verb only in its infinite form, besides, and
  • 2nd: after the verb want you have a personal pronoun.

Furthermore, let´s take the verb suggest as an example: After the verb suggest you must use the following verb with the -ing ending, however, if you say for example:

I suggest you eat some of this food, it is delicious!

Although the verb eat has to go without to, you cannot use use eating because there is a personal pronoun before the following verb.

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