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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:||As it happens, Latin expressses the negative of "want" by a single word, the first person singular form being 'nolo'. This is clearly a reduced form of 'non volo', with 'volo' being the positive "want"; but so far as I can think it is the only Latin verb which collapses the negative into a single word in this way. Geoffrey Sampson|
|Reply From:||Geoffrey Richard Sampson click here to access email|