To use this structure, attach たい to the ます stem form of any verb, then replace the い in たい with がる.
- ジョンはなんでいつも悪口を言いたがるんだろう。I wonder why John always wants to talk badly about people.
- 皆は彼が作ったケーキを食べたがる。Everyone always wants to eat the cakes that he makes.
- 彼はこのステーキを食べたがる。He will want to eat this steak. (He will act like he wants to)
- 彼にこのステーキを食べてほしい。I want him to eat this steak. (I want him to)
- 田中君は新しいゲームを見つけると、そのゲームをほしがる。When Tanaka-kun sees a new game, he always wants it.
He is acting like he wants to go to the zoo.
My daughter always wants to play sports.
My girlfriend wants to see a recently released movie.
If that kid wants to go home, that's alright, isn't it?
He wanted to buy a PC, so (and) he even worked weekends.
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たがる – Grammar Discussion
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I feel a bit stupid, but why does the answer to this question is “行きたがる” and not ”いったがる”？
The verb in the hint is just 行く so I expected to use its conjugation: 行ったがる
The verb stem is 行き like 行き
ます. So verb stem +たがる is 行きたがる “(they) want to go”. I don’t don’t what order of lessons your doing, but another thing that might help the way you think of it is how you make simple “I want to verb” statements.
行く→行きたい → I want to go
いがる→someone other than me wants to go
Ah, gosh. I was stupid indeed! Somehow I was thinking about past tense of the verb, even though the grammar point was about “3rd person wanting to do”. Thanks for the explanation!
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