"I want coffee. I do not want milk."


November 21, 2017



I take chinese at my school and 想 is a better way to say want than 要。要means like must have

November 21, 2017


This is correct, but not correct enough. 我想咖啡 would be like "I think coffee".

想, when used alone, is almost always intransitive. With only two exceptions:

  1. The object is a person (or more), where 想 means miss: 我想你 = I miss you.

  2. The object is the word thing, or other similar abstract idea, where it means think and has the same usage as "think" in English: 我在想为什么他没有来 = I'm thinking why he didn't come.

When 想 is followed by a verb, it means want to + verb.

我要咖啡 = I ask for coffee. 我想要咖啡 = I want to ask for coffee. A more polite expression.

November 21, 2017


要 is typically used when ordering at a restaurant. I made the mistake of using 想 in my earlier years and was not understood and corrected by a Chinese waitress to use 要 instead.

January 15, 2018


Is 我 needed here?

June 13, 2018



February 8, 2019
Learn Chinese in just 5 minutes a day. For free.