A few weeks ago I casually wrote out the sentence ''It was about time to see what he wanted of her.'' and didn't really think anything of it, even after reading through it again. Today however it made me question if 'of' was used correctly here.

In context, the person is wanted to do  something, not give something.

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Hello, JayK, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange!

To me, "want something of somebody" sounds similar to "expect something of somebody" and "demand something of somebody" (alternatively, from can also be used in all three cases, as far as I know).

I don't find any possession meaning there as long as "somebody" is "somebody" and not "somebody's." Compare:

- He wanted something of her. (which may mean: He wanted her to do something for him/to act in a certain way.)
- He wanted something of hers. (He wanted something that belonged to her.)

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