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|Subject:||Single word for 'don't want'|
|Question:||Hello, I am not, by any means, a linguist. My first language is English, and I have studied Spanish in high school and college but cannot speak it fluently. I have also dabbled in other languages in my free time, to no avail. I am searching for a single word to express ''don't want''. I have failed to find it in English, and Spanish seems to be a 2 word phrase also. (no quiero). Thank you for your consideration of my question, and I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Noah Phillips|
|Reply:||Tagalog may have what you're looking for; the word 'ayaw' can mean 'don't want' or 'don't like', as in: Ayaw nilang umuwi 'They don't want to go home' Ayaw nila sa tindahan 'They don't like the store' (Tagalog verbs are generally at the beginning of the clause) --Norvin Richards|
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