Would, Would Like

Grammar Tips

Grammar tip Like, Would Like

Most students express a lot of confusion with the word like because it has many different meaning depending on the context.  Hopefully we can help you to understand the differences between like and would like.

Let’s look at some examples:
A) I would like to go to the movies tonight.

B) I like science fiction movies.

In example A, we are using would like to refer to offers or requests.  In example B, we are using like to refer to interests and preferences.

In the following exercise, determine whether the sentence is referring to offers and requests or interests and preferences.  The answers are listed at the end of the post.

1.) I’d (I would) a cup of tea please.

2.) Would you like roast chicken?

3.) Do you like rock music?

4.) I like classical music.

When we use a verb after the words would like, we use the infinitive of the verb with to.  Example: I would like to go dancing.  Would you like to eat at this restaurant?

After we use the word like to express interest or preferences, we can use either to or -ing.  Example: My family likes to stay home on Saturdays.  My family likes staying home on Saturdays. 

Answers to the Exercise

1.) I’d (I would) a cup of tea please.  (Request or offer)

2.) Would you like roast chicken?  (Request or offer)

3.) Do you like rock music? (Preference or interest)

4.) I like classical music.  (Preference or interest)

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About englishworkshopmexico

My name is James. I work as a teacher and marketer with English Workshop in Mexico City. We provide Business English courses to aspiring people who are looking to move up the career ladder or simply become more international. I have been with English Workshop for around two years and I very much enjoy the teaching and marketing profession.
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2 Responses to Would, Would Like

  1. Alberto says:

    Great!! Hi, what about with the word like when you use it as a preposition. I think that this word is used so much either as a verb as a preposition. Could you give somo additional information about it? Best regards.

  2. Thank you for your comment Alberto. Next week I plan to post a “Part 2” using more examples of Like next Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

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