- would like
- Note, Homophone Note
|part of speech:
||used as a past form of "will"1 after verbs in the past tense that report speech or thoughts.
He said he would call us from the airport.
||used with the equivalent meaning of "will"1 but showing that the action or state referred to in the clause is unreal.
I would make a lot of changes if I owned this company.If I had the money, I would lend it to you, but you know I'm completely broke right now.
||used to form polite requests.
Would you close the window?
||used to make a statement of one's opinion or desire sound more tentative and therefore less assertive and potentially more acceptable to others.
I would prefer to meet on Friday, if that's convenient for you.I would think that this might be the best option for all of us.
||used to describe a characteristic behavior of someone or something in the past.
When I was sick as a child, my mother would always make me chicken soup.Do you remember how this step would always creak when we tried to sneak in late?
would like or want?
is used to express, in an informal manner, a desire or need for something. Would like
is a more formal or polite way to express a desire or need for something. We also use would like
when we have a desire for something that we think is not likely to happen or is not planned. We use want
when we are more certain that something will happen.
- Do you want some coffee? (informal)
- Would you like a cup of coffee? (formal, polite)
- I would like to go to Spain someday. (It's a wish that I have, but I don't know if it will ever happen.)
- Where do you want to go for your vacation? I want to go to Florida. (I will go somewhere, probably to Florida.)
The words would
(a hard material from trees) sound alike but have different meanings.