Lesson Twenty-five

Present Tense


I want _____
We want _____
You want _____
You want _____
He wants _____
She wants _____
It wants _____
They want _____

The verb “want” requires an object:

  • I want a banana. (The word “banana” is an object.)
  • She wants some coffee. (The word “coffee” is an object.)
  • They want some help. (The word “help” is an object.)


Present Tense – negative


I don’t want _____
We don’t want _____
You don’t want _____
You don’t want _____
He doesn’t want _____
She doesn’t want _____
It doesn’t want _____
They don’t want _____


An object usually comes after the verb “want.”

  • I don’t want any mustard on my sandwich.
  • He doesn’t want to go home. (The infinitive, “to go” is the object.)
  • We don’t want them.


The word “want” is often heard in questions:

  • What do you want?
  • Do you want anything to drink?
  • Does he want anything to drink?
  • Where do they want to go today?
  • When do you want to leave for the airport?


Here are some examples:

  • A: What do you want?
  • B: I want a cup of coffee.


a cup of coffee.

  • A: What does he want to do?
  • B: He wants to play basketball. He doesn’t want to play football.

boy playing basketball

  • A: What do they want to do?
  • B: They want to go hiking. They don’t want to go swimming.


Watch this video:




Directions: Fill in the blanks with the helping verb (do or does) and the main verb (want or wants).

1- 10 Present Tense:

 1. What _______ you _________ ?

 2. I ________ to get a Coke.

 3. What ________ she ________?

 4. She _________ a new bike.

 5. What ________ they ________?

 6. They ________ to go on a trip.

 7. He _________ __________ anything. (negative)

 8, We _________ __________ that car. (negative)

 9, What _________ the dog _________?

10. He __________ to go out.

(Answers: 1. do…want; 2. want; 3. does….want; 4. wants; 5. do….want;

6. want; 7. doesn’t want; 8. don’t want; 9. does…want; 10. wants)

Next: Lesson Twenty-sixusing “want” in the past tense