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Joe Kim
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:14:15 PM

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I want rocking : what does this mean?

1. I want the movement of rocking by possibly a chair or anything.
2. I want somebody to rock me like a baby.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:48:58 PM

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Joe Kim wrote:
I want rocking : what does this mean?

1. I want the movement of rocking by possibly a chair or anything.
2. I want somebody to rock me like a baby.

Hi Joe Kim.
It is not a sentence I would expect to hear, and it could mean both of your suggestions.

It would be more common to use these two (which only have one meaning each, really).

I want to rock (in my rocking chair).
I want to be rocked (like a baby).

"I want to rock" could mean "I want to enjoy or dance to some rock music" - but I think that it would be obvious from the situation.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
palapaguy
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 9:55:53 PM

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Joe Kim wrote:
I want rocking : what does this mean?

1. I want the movement of rocking by possibly a chair or anything.
2. I want somebody to rock me like a baby.


Again, this type of question requires context. Without that, no one can give a useful answer.
Joe Kim
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 11:36:51 PM

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Thank you.

Then, if it was "I need rocking" would it have communicated possible one of two meanings I suggested?
palapaguy
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 11:44:56 PM

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Possibly.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 1:34:24 AM

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Yes - that sounds more like "I need to be rocked" (like a baby).

There are some phrases which use this form.

The soup needs stirring. = The soup needs to be stirred.
The grass needs cutting. = The grass needs to be cut.
Your hair needs combing. = Your hair needs to be combed. = You need to comb your hair.


However, "want ***ing" isn't used, except as an idiomatic/colloquial way of saying "needs to be ***" or "should be ***". It is normally used only in the third person.

He wants shooting. = He needs to be shot. = He's evil. He should be shot.
My coffee wants warming up. = My coffee needs to be warmed up. = My coffee is cool, it should be warmed up.


You want to come in and get warm. = It's cold, you should come in and get warm. (not "You want coming in and get warm.")

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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