Modal verb wollen

 

Modal verb wollen can have an inanimate subject, although only people, or maybe animals, can wish something.

 

The meaning expressed in this case is that of something desired or expected but not fulfilled in a satisfactory manner or not fulfilled at all. These sentences are negative.

 

Examples
Die Vorstellung wollte kein Ende nehmen.
Der Wagen will nicht anspringen.
Die Wunde wollte nicht heilen.