Today’s Grammar Point:  ~たいものだ/~たいものです

~たい(です) is used to express what I want to do. Today’s expression ~たいものだ/~たいものです is a variation of ~たい(です) but it is used for a wish that is difficult to fulfill or something you have longed for for a long time. ~たいものだ/~たいものです cannot be used for a simple or direct wish.


  • [verb stem] + たいものだ/たいものです
    verb stem is a ます form verb without ます


もう一度いちど京都きょうとさくらたいものだ。(Today’s caption)
I want to see the cherry blossoms in Kyoto again.

I’d love to stay in a warm bed on a snowy day but I still have to go to work today.

I want to get a perfect score on an exam once in my lifetime.

(Though I haven’t had a chance and can’t see it happening soon but) I want to wear a wedding dress once.

I want to hear my mother’s voice on a day like this.

One day I want to go on a European river cruise.

I want to go to a party with a 100 million yen diamond ring.

[てform verb] ほしいものだ

If you have a strong wish for somebody else to do something and that wish is not likely to be fulfilled, you can use the pattern: 

  • [person] に [てform verb] ほしいものだ/ほしいものです

I want my husband to wash the dishes about once a week

I want noisy customers to go home early.

Sometimes I want my son to do his homework without me reminding him.

Answer to Today’s Question: c

~たいものだ suggests the wish is not easy to fulfill, so the answer should be sometime far away.

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