As we explored in our lesson about がる
, this verb can be used with adjectives, to express the way in which people are acting. However, it can also be partnered with the auxiliary verb たい
, to form たがる
. This grammar construction is used when expressing that someone is acting like they ‘want’ to do something.
To use this structure, attach たい
to the ます stem form of any verb, then replace the い in たい
I wonder why John always wants to talk badly about people.
Everyone always wants to eat the cakes that he makes.
is in contrast to てほしい
which means ‘to want someone to do (A)’. These differences will need to be practiced, and memorized.
This is also in contrast to the い-Adjective
欲（ほ）しい ‘to want (A)’. To describe that someone seems like they want something (rather than that they want to ‘do’ something), がる
will be paired with this adjective.