Correct spelling, explanation: wants is one of the most popular words in English, but not everyone knows its interesting history. Wants is an old word as its origin can be found in the Old Norse, but then, however, it used to mean lacking or be lacking. Later, the word got the meaning of need, and finally wants acquired the meaning of desire, which is close to the contemporary one.
Definition of wants:
1. verb (3rd form singular) – to wish for something,
She wants me to buy some chocolate every time she has a bad day at work.
2. verb (3rd form singular) – to need something,
I think this dish wants a little bit of salt as it seems to be bland.
3. noun (plural) – needs,
We enjoy our simple life and have only a few wants.
Collocations with wants:
Some common collocations with wants include: human wants, desperately wants, exactly what he/she wants;
It’s the responsibility of the government to satisfy our basic human wants, such as access to healthcare or education.
I can see that she desperately wants coffee so go and get one.
A short vacation is exactly what she wants so let her go.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: many users of English often get confused when it comes to adding an apostrophe to a word. As a result, a common mistake is, for example, to spell the third form singular wants as
want’s. The latter form is wrong, though, as an apostrophe with an s letter can be a short form of has or is as well as it can be used with nouns to express possession. In the case of want, however, the only correct option is wants.
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