I want to I want toは、「したいけど、したくない
Hello again! It's Alex-Blog-Time!
I Want To Want To
I was talking with a student, A-san, and the topic of what drinks we like came up, and some funny English happened:
"I want to want to drink hot cocoa, but it's too hot."
While not super formal, "I want to want to" can be used to say that "I would be happy if I wanted to, but I don't want to." For another example, before going to a party at a friend's house, I ate some food so I wouldn't be hungry. When I got to their house, they had made beautiful, delicious-looking food. "Ahh, if only I hadn't eaten before now! I'm not hungry anymore! I want to want to eat!"
Or: I'm on a diet, and I see an amazing-looking cake, and I want to eat it. "No!" I think to myself. "Don't eat it! We're on a diet!" But it looks so yummyyyyyy.... "Stop it! I know we want it, but we can't eat it!" - In this situation, I don't want to want to eat the cake, but I DO want to, it looks so tasty!
So yeah. "I want to want to", "I don't want to want to." You can also say "He wants to want to" or "She wants to want to", it that comes up.
Until next time!
The topic (of _____) came up / comes up- when the topic wasn't the plan for the conversation, but the conversation went that way.
A: "How did you know it was my birthday?"
B: "Well, I was talking with your brother, and it came up. We were talking about lunch, then cooking, then cake, then birthdays, then - surprise! - today is your birthday."
Delicious-looking / Amazing-looking - adjective - If you say "that cake looks delicious", you can say delicious-looking cake. "Let's talk to him. He looks friendly." >> "Let's talk to that friendly-looking guy"
A: "Which attraction is The Tower of Terror?"
B: "It's the scary-looking building over there"