I ..... complete silence now while I try this experiment.
(*) am wanting
(*) did want
(*) have wanted
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://english.best/questions/5793,i-___-complete-silence-now-while-i-try-this-experiment/
I think the younger generation in the US has started to use “want to” in the progressive form as well, so it’s no longer a static verb, but since it’s a multiple-choice question, I would still choose “want to” because “I’m wanting to” just doesn’t sound right to me.
I don’t see how “want to” could possibly be used in this sentence. " I want to" implies an action you want to perform yourself. The sentence is expressing what the speaker wants others to do, or the condition they want.
I want complete silence.
I want you to be completely silent.
I want to do this experiment in complete silence.
All of the above work.