Grammar Info
N4 Lesson 4: 14/18

~て欲(ほ)しい
I want you to

Structure
Casual
Formal
Verb[て]+ ほしい
Verb[て]+ ほしい + です
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使用域 一般
Information
As mentioned in our lesson about ‘saying that you want something’ with がほしい, sometimes ほしい can be used as auxiliary adjective (an adjective that needs to be connected to another word in order to have meaning). In these cases, it will follow the 接続助詞(せつぞくじょし) (conjunction particle), . When used this way, てほしい expresses that the speaker ‘wants somebody to do something’.
To use てほしい, simply change the verb that you ‘want someone to do’ into its て-form, and then add ほしい.
  • もう一回(いっかい)説明(せつめい)てほしいです
    I want you to explain it one more time.
  • 皆(みんな)に俺(おれ)書(か)い漫画(まんが)読(よ)んでほしい
    I want everyone to read the manga that I wrote.
Caution
てほしい can also be used to ask questions/explain about what other people want you (or somebody else) to do. Due to this, we will need to be careful when trying to identify who wants who to do what.
  • 手伝(てつだ)ってほしい
    You want me to help you?
  • キヨミタケルに家事(かじ)手伝(てつだ)ってほしい言(い)っていた
    Kiyomi told Takeru that she wants him to help with chores.
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一緒(いっしょ)に勉強(べんきょう)てほしいです
I want you to study together with me.
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コーラ買(か)ってほしいです
I want you to buy [me] a cola.
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毎日(まいにち)お弁当(べんとう)作(つく)ってほしいです
I want you to make me a bento every day.
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Books
Genki II 1st Edition
Page 187
Genki II 2nd Edition
Page 217
[DBJG] A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
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