Grammar Patterns

N for n

The 'desire' group

These nouns refer to a desire to have something.
I never felt the slightest desire for revenge.
Yet despite her longing for culture and excitement, she wasn't willing to wander too far.
Call is used with a broad negative.
While there's no call for tax increases, the proposal does call for a cut in the capital gains tax.
  • ache
  • appetite
  • call
  • craving
  • desire
  • hankering
  • hunger
  • impatience
  • longing
  • lust
  • thirst
  • yearning
  • yen
  • There are also a few nouns which refer to a person with a desire to have something. Audience and market refer to the number of people who want something.
    Violet, we know, is a stickler for tidiness and a terrific cook.
    There was a market for her work from the start.
  • audience
  • buyer
  • glutton
  • market
  • stickler
  • taker
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