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が欲しい [がほしい] (hoshii)
    Meaning: N, to want something (desirative)
    Example: I want a car.
    JLPT Level: 3
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amatuka

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But how do you express "don't want"? I can say "don't need" with irimasen, and "don't intend to" with tsumori dewa arimasen, but it still seems like there is a better way? Is there no direct opposite to hoshii? 
the negative of hoshii is hoshikunai
 I dont want you to go
You can also use hoshi to express your desire for someone else to do something.

I want kim to eat cake, but ....

for the most part you can exclude 私は because its implied by the grammar. the person you want to complete the action takes the が particle and the verb takes the てform followed by the 欲しい statement 欲しいです

the final が at the end of the sentence means "but" and is used to soften the tone of the request.

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ex #893   がほしいのです。 
I'd like some shoes.  
ex #4990   「わたしは、妻と子供が欲しいので、家が必要なんだよ。」 
"I want a wife and children, and so I need a house."  
ex #4991   だれか話し相手がほしい。 
I want someone to talk to.  
ex #4992   もう一杯ビールがほしいな。 
I feel like another beer.  
ex #4993   デザートにアイスクリームがほしい。 
I want ice cream for dessert.  
ex #4994   君は何がほしい。 
What do you want now?  
ex #4995   領収書がほしいのですが。 
I would like a receipt, please.  
ex #6432   欲しい。 
I want (you/it). [romantic nuance]   
ex #6661   僕の宿題をして欲しいですが。 
I want you to do my homework.  
ex #6885   なにがほしいか言ってください。 
If you want something please ask for it.  
ex #6886   どんなかばんがほしいですか。 
What sort of portfolio do you want?  
ex #6887   わたしがほしいちずはどこにもありませんでした。 
The map I wanted was nowhere to be seen.  
ex #6888   わたしはもっと小さいテープレコダーがほしいです。 
The tape recorder I want is a little smaller.  
ex #6889   あたらしいようふくがほしいです。 
I want new Western-style clothes.  

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  See Also:  
  • tai    (たい unlike ほしい can take either が or を (although nuance differes)) [Amatuka]
  • garu    (ほしい has to use the がる form (ほしがる) when speaking of other people's desires.) [Amatuka]
  • itadaku    (hoshii means want, itadaku is a keigo phrase) [your name]
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AmatukaFormed by a noun or noun phrase + ga hoshii.
(Note that, depending on context, ga may be replaced with the topic / contrast marker ha / wa)

N = noun
AmatukaDarn. Typo on 'differs'. 
mathrickNote that it's commonly spelt 〜欲しい, like in ex #4990  
prachihoishi is always used in the case of nouns... means when we want some noun.. that could be a book... car... camera.. anything.
where as tai is also a want but it concern with some action or verb u want to do.. example: shigoto o shitai desu.
one more..
example in both the case.... make out the difference
example of hoishi..
watashi wa kuruma ga hoishi desu..
example of tai..
watashi wa kuruma o kaitai desu.

I hope.... u all got this ...........
sutashuI believe you can also use 欲しい with the て-form of the verbs:

EX. 写真を撮って欲しいんですが。
I want to have a picture taken.

The difference between 撮って欲しい and 撮りたい is that in the latter, it is I who wishes to take the picture, while in the former, I want someone else to take a picture for me.
SaralynneI read somewhere that you can also add のが欲しい to the end of a verb (not as a conjugation) to make it say, for instance, "I want to have a picture taken." It'd sort of be like "I want the thing of taking a picture." (の making 'to take a picture' a noun clause?) 
tigertGood point Saralynne,

Its important to remember that although some grammar constructions can only be used in combination with a noun, In Japanese turning a verb into a noun is rather simple. こと、の、or just slap a noun right after the dict-form of a verb and you can use it with any construction you want.

Hey prachi,
Hoshi isn`t always used with nouns its also used with verbs to express that you want others do do something for you. して欲しい
赤毛I give some examples of JPLT4 to show that this entry is level 4 rather than level 3. 

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