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Hello,

1. I am wanting a book.

2. I want a book.

3. She is wanting a book.

4. She wants a book.

Which are correct?

One more question - why the verb "want" is not used in progressive tense?
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Hanuman_2000why the verb "want" is not used in progressive tense?
Simple, because it's part of this
list of non-progressive verbs
:
http://www.english-zone.com/verbs/prgverbchrt.html

Also, see these related threads:
non progressive verbs (see Clive's answer)
and:
See-ing

How have I discovered those threads?
Well, I did a search with
want progressive
(in the top right corner)
which you should do too in the future.
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Hanuman_2000
Hello,

1. I am wanting a book.

2. I want a book.

3. She is wanting a book.

4. She wants a book.

One more question - why the verb "want" is not used in progressive tense?

Actually I don't know why, but the grammar rule says that they are not used in that form

Cheers
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hanuman,

Certain verbs, called stative verbs, show no action that anyone can see. These are generally not used in the progressive tenses.

You can sit quietly doing nothing, making no moves at all, and yet perhaps you want something, or believe something, or know something. Nobody can see that you want something, or believe something, or know something. (You have to tell people that you want, or believe, or know something because they can't see it.) These verbs, then, are stative, and they are not used in the progressive tenses.

On the other hand, you cannot drink a glass of water, or swim, or raise your hand, or run without making any movements. Anyone can see that you are drinking, or swimming, or raising your hand, or running. These verbs can be used in the progressive tenses.

There are a few exceptions, of course! For example, you may say The money is lying on the table. The money isn't performing any action, so it seems that we shouldn't use the progressive tense, and yet we do. Maybe that's because lying isn't a mental thing like want, believe, and know are.

CJ
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Hello ,

Thanks a lot for making things clear.Really, it was very informative.