Difference between 想 and 要
When I say “I want to do research on Chinese language”, it seems 我想研究汉语 and 我要研究汉语 both work. I have noticed that sometimes 想 and 要 are interchangeable, also, they are used together as 想要 in some cases.
My question is, what’s the difference between the two words 想 and 要?
asked 3 years ago
Both 想and 要 are markers of intention. However, 要 represents a stronger intention than 想: the latter connotes more of a wish and the former more of a “will”. 想 stresses the wishing or planning of taking an action and 要 the urge or demand for carrying it out.
In your example, “我要研究汉语” implies a much stronger determination than “我想研究汉语”.
answered 3 years ago