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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
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Date: 13-Nov-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Single word for 'don't want'    Marilyn N Silva     (12-Nov-2013)
  2. Re: Single word for 'don't want'    Norvin Richards     (12-Nov-2013)

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