to want someone to do something - Direct or indirect order?

Carmen Carmona

Senior Member
Panocho Spanish
Taking into account that a direct order would be something like:

- Do your homework.

And that an indirect order would be more polite, like:

- I'd like you to set the table.

Would you say that the following sentence is a direct or an indirect order?:

- I want you to sit down.

Thanks in advance!
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I don't know about direct/indirect orders and what categorises an indirect order, but "I want you to sit down" is surely not a direct order.

    Carmen Carmona

    Senior Member
    Panocho Spanish
    Now I've read that when you want someone to do something, you either use an instruction or a request.

    On the one hand, instructions are orders or imperatives, used with an infinitive verb without 'to'.

    On the other hand, requests are either questions OR instructions that you give to people you know well.

    Is this true? If so, what is 'to want someone to do something' then?
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