On a youtube channel I found such an example: "暑くてお酒を飲みたい" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkFPCNt9ZKo&t=864s

Isn't this wrong?

I mean て form as reason can be used for feelings or for what you can't do, as explained here.

But you shouldn't use it for what you want to do (-tai form)

Am I wrong?

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    This lesson is very confusing in my opinion, て form is a very flexible form and one of the most common use is simply to link sentences. But it never says you can't use it with たい, what is your confusion?
    – Simon
    Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 10:21
  • @Simon, て-form is very flexible, but it still has restrictions. Mostly related to volition. It's not very important when we have 2 actions done by the subject, because we do actions with some aim/reason. But once we change that, we have to provide a cause/reason. Some of sentences become less natural, for example, "I woke up and brushed my teeth". Do a test "why you brushed your teeth? Because I woke up". Kinda weird, right? But I'm not sure about ーたい, because it can express both emotions (uncontrollable) and volition (plan to do it). It sounds ok, but I would like a native's confirmation. Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 11:32

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I agree that 暑くてお酒を飲みたい sounds a bit unnatural, but the following is fairly usual:

  • 暑くてお酒を飲みたいと思ったけど、冷蔵庫を見たら何もなかった
  • It was hot and I wanted to drink alcohol, but there was nothing when I checked the fridge.

Some examples with ...て...たい without being followed by additional phrases:

  • 暑すぎて裸になりたい It is too hot and I want to go totally naked.
  • 恥ずかしくて穴があったら入りたい I'm so ashamed, and want to hide in a pit if there is any.
  • 失恋して死にたい I got my heart broken and want to die.

After thinking and a bit googling about ...て...たい, it is true that such sentences tend to become unnatural, but it can be ok especially when the intended meaning is it is too ... that I want to ....

  • The first example is not technically an example of …て…たい, because it's 暑くて + (お酒を飲みたいと)思った. Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 5:43

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