I don't want you coming home so late.


1) I don't want you coming home so late.

2) I don't want you to come home so late.


I have seen the #1 and and I was wondering when I can use the want you -ing patten and what the meaning difference between 'want you to do it' and 'want you doing it'?


What do you experts think and how do you it?


Thank you so much in advance.

asked Jun 18 '14 at 04:51 Hans Contributor

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The only difference I see in these two sentences is that using the present participle coming could imply that the desire would extend to multiple occasions. Using the infinitive could imply a one-time occurrence.

But either could be interpretted as a continuing desire to have the person come home earlier.  Overall, they are virtually identical in meaning.

link comment answered Jun 19 '14 at 14:10 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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