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"The teacher wants hot tea."


October 2, 2018



What is the difference between between 想 (xiǎng), 要 (yào) and 想要 (xiǎngyào) when expressing "to want"?

  • 想: the short-hand vocabulary for "to want/to wish/to think"; this is the least "forceful" one out of all three since 想 is used when expressing desire
  • 要: the generic vocabulary for "to want"; however, 要 is used when a subject wants something in the future (empathetically and not too "forcefully")
  • 想要: the compound vocabulary for "to want"; this is commonly used when indicating strong desire for something

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