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"Want" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "querer", and "wanting" is an adjective which is often translated as "deficiente". Learn more about the difference between "want" and "wanting" below.
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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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (lacking; often used with "in" or "for")
a. deficiente
The consultant said John's business plans were wanting.El asesor dijo que los planes de negocio de John eran deficientes.
b. deficiencias (noun)
The new coach said the team was wanting in talent and he'd have to recruit some new members.El entrenador dijo que el equipo tenía deficiencias de talento y que tendría que reclutar nuevos integrantes.
c. carencias (noun)
The lead negotiator for the union said that he found management's offer to be severely wanting.El principal negociador del sindicato dijo que la oferta de la dirección tenía severas carencias.
d. faltar (intransitive verb)
We did not enjoy the tour of the factory. It was wanting for creativity.No disfrutamos el tour de la fábrica. Le faltó creatividad.
2. (absent; often used with "in" or "for")
a. carente
Before the museum opened, the small town was wanting for any kind of cultural offerings.Antes de que abrieran el museo, el pequeño pueblo estaba carente de cualquier tipo de oferta cultural.
b. que carece de
I found the story wanting in detail.Me pareció que la historia carecía de detalles.
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