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    want somebody/something to do somethingDo you want me to help?We didn't want this to happen.I want it (to be) done as quickly as possible.

    Considering the explanations above, from Oxford Dictionary, have I correctly written the followings? and what is the difference between the bold parts?

    We didn't want this to be happened.

    I want it to do as quickly as possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    want somebody/something to do somethingDo you want me to help?We didn't want this to happen.I want it (to be) done as quickly as possible.

    Considering the explanations above, from Oxford Dictionary, have I correctly written the followings? and what is the difference between the bold parts?

    We didn't want this to be happened happen.

    I want it to do as quickly as possible.


    Many thanks
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    We didn't want this to happen.

    I want to do it as quickly as possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    want somebody/something to do somethingDo you want me to help?We didn't want this to happen.I want it (to be) done as quickly as possible.

    Considering the explanations above, from Oxford Dictionary, have I correctly written the followings? and what is the difference between the bold parts?

    We didn't want this to be happened.

    I want it to do as quickly as possible.


    Many thanks
    No. The sentences you wrote are not grammatically correct.
    In the first sentence, if you are trying to indicate that somebody actively did something instead of something passively happening without a cause, you might say: "We didn't want to cause this to happen"
    In the second sentence, you could say "I want to do it as quickly as possible." But if somebody says "I want it done as quickly as possible" they probably mean they want somebody else besides themselves to do it. So, a better rephrasing would probably be "I want you to do it as soon as possible."
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    Great. Thank you all so much, especially Harold, one of my outstanding teachers.
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    You're welcome.
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