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私の祖母は私が欲しい以上のものをくれた

私の祖母は私が欲しがる以上のものをくれた

I want the meaning to be "my grandmother gave me more then I wanted." Is the second sentence right and the first sentence wrong?

I learned 欲しがる for the third person, but I found the second example as a first person example. Which is correct?

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The generalization that がる is used only for third person is wrong. Both of your examples are grammatical, but only the first one means what you want.

私の祖母は私が欲しい以上のものをくれた
'My grandmother gave me more than what I wanted.'

私の祖母は私が欲しがる以上のものをくれた
'My grandmother gave me more than what I expressed that I wanted.'

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    +1 for squashing a common misconception, and for an exceptionally compact and elegant rendering of the difference in meanings. – rdb Sep 12 '11 at 5:02
  • thank you for your answer sawa. Your translation of the 2nd example i gave, however, is awkward in english-so I am wondering if the original sentence is awkward as well in japanese? Or could one translate it as "my grandmother gave me more than I told her I wanted" ( i know the 'told her' would be a very loose translation). Any further elaboration on the がる ending would be appreciated; as the answer to the other related question on this forum seems limited. – yadokari Sep 18 '11 at 1:47

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