50 Would Like

Verbs

The verbs Like and Would Like should not be confused because they have different meanings.

In fact, while Would Like is used to express our requests or offers more politely (it can be considered as not being as strong as “want”), the verb Like is used to express the idea of enjoying something.

Would is a modal auxiliary verb and when it is used with Like, it constitutes as a request or offer in a polite way.

Affirmative

The Affirmative form of the verb Would Like has this structure:
Subject + would like (the form is always the same, even for the third person).

SUBJECT WOULD LIKE SHORT FORM
I would like I’d like
You would like You’d like
He would like He’d like
She would like She’d like
It would like It’d like
We would like We’d like
You would like You’d like
They would like They’d like

Negative

The Negative form of the verb Would Like has this structure:
Subject + would + not + like (the form is always the same, even for the third person).

SUBJECT WOULD NEGATION+LIKE SHORT FORM
I would not like wouldn’t like
You would not like wouldn’t like
He would not like wouldn’t like
She would not like wouldn’t like
It would not like wouldn’t like
We would not like wouldn’t like
You would not like wouldn’t like
They would not like wouldn’t like

Interrogative

The Interrogative form of the verb Would Like has this structure:
Would + subject + like + question mark (?)

WOULD SUBJECT LIKE QM
Would I like …?
Would you like …?
Would he like …?
Would she like …?
Would it like …?
Would we like …?
Would you like …?
Would they like …?

Affirmative

  • I would like some omelette, please.
  • She would like some tomato in the salad.
  • They would like 2 tickets for bus 89.

Negative

  • wouldn’t like omelette.
  • She wouldn’t like tomato in the salad.
  • They wouldn’t like tickets for bus 89.

Interrogative

  • Would you like some omelette?
  • Would she like some tomato in her salad?
  • Would they like tickets for bus 89?

We use the verb Would Like:

  • To say want in a more polite way;
  • Usually when we want to make an offer or a request.

We use Would Like to express our requests or offers in a more polite way, which is not as strong as “want”. We use different structures depending on the form we need to use (affirmative, negative and interrogative).

The verb Would Like has this structure:

  • For the Affirmative form is: Subject + would like;
  • For the Negative form is: Subject + would + not + like;
  • For the Interrogative form is: Would + subject + like + question mark (?).

For example:
— Affirmative:I would like a cup of tea.” = The subject (I) wants tea.
— Negative:
I wouldn’t like a cup of tea.” = The subject (I) does not want tea.
— Interrogative:
Would you like a cup of tea?” =  The subject (you) is being asked if they want tea.

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