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"I want to see"

Is it "mi volas vidu" or is it "mi volas vidi" and what is the difference?

3 years ago

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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vikungen

vidu*

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

The U ending is the command form of a verb. IRU! GO! KURU! RUN!

So it's Mi volas vidi.

3 years ago

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Iru! Kuru! It looks like you're speaking Japanese :D

3 years ago

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the -u ending is also used for something kind of like the subjunctive.

Mi volas vidi ("I want to see")

is definitely correct, but you can also say things like

Mi volas ke vi vidu [iun aferon] ("I want for you to see [some thing]")

(For more, read http://bertilow.com/pmeg/gramatiko/verboj/vola.html#i-zd8 "U-modo en ke-frazoj": "U-modo estas uzata en ke-frazoj, se la ĉeffrazo iel montras volon, celon, opinion kaj simile")

Since as a native speaker of (contemporary, "general american") english speaker I don't think very hard about subjunctive/optative moods, I try to think of the stereotypical new york gangster "hey boss you want I should break his legs?" to remind me to use -u in these sorts of cases.

There's some discussion http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=25t=65552 here about where this might have come from in (new york) english - maybe from yiddish? I can find it in the script of Rocky http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084602/quotes where Paulie says "So what do you want I should do?" "Nu, kion vi volas ke mi faru?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Mi volas vidi ("I want you to see")

I think you meant Mi volas vi vidi ("I want you to see")

3 years ago
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