Jen’s English Tip’s – Talking about things you have done and you want to do
Things you have done and you want to do
I have + (past participle)
This structure is used to talk about things that you have done in the past.
I’ve done it.
I’ve tried parasailing.
I have visited Australia.
She has acted in a film.
I’ve watched that film.
She’s written several books.
I’ve written twelve letters since morning.
I’ve been to this place before.
I’ve seen him before.
Talking about things you want to do
I want to (wanna) + (verb)
The structure wanna is the conversational equivalent of want to. The structure I wanna can be used to talk about things you want to do.
I wanna talk to you. I want to talk to you.)
I wanna find a job. I want to find a job.)
I wanna marry you. I want to marry you.)
I wanna try this food. I want to try this food.)
The structure ‘don’t wanna’ is used to talk about things that you don’t want to do.
I don’t wanna accept this job. I don’t want to accept this job.)
I don’t wanna marry you. I don’t want to marry you.)
I don’t wanna meet him. I don’t want to meet him.)
Talking about things you have to do
I got to (gotta) + (verb)
The word gotta is the conversational equivalent of got to. In conversation I gotta is often used instead of I have got to.
I gotta get up early tomorrow. I have got to get up early tomorrow.)
I gotta win her trust. I have got to win her trust.)
I gotta get my car repaired. I have got to get my car repaired.)
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