Quick answer
"Want" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "querer", and "I want to watch TV" is a phrase which is often translated as "quiero ver la tele". Learn more about the difference between "want" and "I want to watch TV" below.
want(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to desire)
a. querer
I want chocolate ice cream!¡Quiero un helado de chocolate!
2. (to need)
a. tener que
I'll give you some useful tips you'll want to pay attention to.Te daré unos consejos útiles a los que tienes que prestar atención.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
3. (to seek)
a. buscarse
Hotel staff wanted.Se busca personal para hotel.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to lack)
a. faltar
My father has always worked hard, and our family has never wanted for anything.Mi padre siempre ha trabajado duro, y a nuestra familia nunca le ha faltado de nada.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (need)
a. la necesidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My grandfather's wants are simple; as long as he has tea and his books, he's content.Las necesidades de mi abuelo son sencillas; con que tenga té y sus libros está contento.
6. (lack)
a. la falta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He found himself in great difficulties for want of money.Tuvo grandes problemas por falta de dinero.
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I want to watch TV
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. quiero ver la tele
Come to the party with us. - No, thanks. I want to watch TV and rest.Ven a la fiesta con nosotros. - No, gracias. Quiero ver la tele y descansar.
b. quiero mirar la tele
I want to watch TV in my bedroom all day. I'm going to ask my mom to pick up some take out, so I don't have to leave my house.Quiero mirar la tele en mi dormitorio todo el día. Voy a pedirle a mi mamá que recoja comida para llevar, así que no tengo que salir de mi casa.
c. quiero ver tele
I want to watch TV at Caleb's house. He has a 60 inch flat screen.Quiero ver tele en la casa de Caleb. Tiene una pantalla plana de 60 pulgadas.
d. quiero mirar tele
I want to watch TV after school today. I usually do something more active, but I feel lazy today.Quiero mirar tele después de las clases hoy. Suelo hacer algo más activo, pero me siento perezoso hoy.
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