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    I would like that....

    First off, I would like to thank Mike (New York) and TDOL for their help a couple of weeks. I did not wish to be ungrateful and impolite, but unfortunately have been unable to log in to thank them despite several attempts - I am unfortunately rather computer challenged! So, thank you, Mike and TDOL - you helped solve my problem.

    Now perhaps you or others could help with this question: Is "I would like that you do this" ( instead of: "I would like you to do this") simply awkward or actually incorrect? I think it's not right but will welcome all your comments.

    Thanks in advance in case I still can't log in later!

    Sheila

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    Many British speakers would call it an error. I've heard it used by native speakers and believe it is more used by Americans. I'd say it is awkward.

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    Re: I would like that....

    Quote Originally Posted by ssee
    First off, I would like to thank Mike (New York) and TDOL for their help a couple of weeks. I did not wish to be ungrateful and impolite, but unfortunately have been unable to log in to thank them despite several attempts - I am unfortunately rather computer challenged! So, thank you, Mike and TDOL - you helped solve my problem.

    Now perhaps you or others could help with this question: Is "I would like that you do this" ( instead of: "I would like you to do this") simply awkward or actually incorrect? I think it's not right but will welcome all your comments.

    Thanks in advance in case I still can't log in later!

    Sheila
    I agree with tdol in that it's awkward. Moreover, "I would like that you do this" is odd, even for North American English speakers. Try,

    1. I would like it if you would do this.
    2. I would like it if you did this.

    All the best,

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    Re: I would like that....

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea

    I agree with tdol in that it's awkward. Moreover, "I would like that you do this" is odd, even for North American English speakers. Try,

    1. I would like it if you would do this.
    2. I would like it if you did this.

    All the best,
    What about: I would like you/your doing this. :) Still clumsy in N.A.E.?

    All the best, too.


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    For me, that could only be used under special circumstances:

    I would like your leaving to be quiet. (I know you're leaving and am adding quietness to it)

    Even then, it's a bit clumsy, imo.

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    Re: I would like that....

    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea

    I agree with tdol in that it's awkward. Moreover, "I would like that you do this" is odd, even for North American English speakers. Try,

    1. I would like it if you would do this.
    2. I would like it if you did this.

    All the best,
    What about: I would like you/your doing this. :) Still clumsy in N.A.E.?

    All the best, too.

    As for "I would like you doing this", it doesn't work. 'doing', a participle, expresses an actualized event, whereas 'would like' expresses a conditional/future expectation. The two are at odds semantically.

    As for "I would like your doing this", it'd work of you added a to-infintive as tdol has:

    "I would like your leaving to be quiet."

    "your leaving" functions as a gerund, a noun. It's the object of "like".

    All the best,

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    Hmm...

    But, Thanks a lot. :)

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