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    present & perpect infinitive

    I like to win that game.

    I would like to have won that game.

    What is difference in meaning meaning between them?
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    Re: present & perpect infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    I like to win that game.

    The use of the present tense here suggests a habit. Perhaps you play poker and you always like to win.

    You: I play poker every Saturday.
    Me: Do you mind if you lose?
    You: Yes! I like to win that game!

    You're explaining to me that you enjoy/prefer to win when you play poker.
    In this context, "game" = an enjoyable diversion (cards, sport etc)

    I would like to have won that game.

    This refers to a specific game that has taken place in the past, and which you lost. You're telling me that you wish you had won. In this context, "game" = a specific competitive interlude. A game of football. A game of tennis. A game of cards.

    What is difference in meaning meaning between them?
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    See above.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Jun-2010 at 09:58. Reason: Typos

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    Re: present & perpect infinitive

    how many way to use the term "would like"?

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    Re: present & perpect infinitive

    Also, you can say "I would like to win that game," speaking about a specific competition in the future.

    "Would like" means almost the same thing as "want," but as a conditional, it's more polite.

    Waiter: What would you like to drink?
    Customer: I'd like a glass of red wine, please.

    Friend: Let's go out to eat tonight. Where would you like to go?
    Friend 2: I don't care, but I'd like to see that new Tom Hanks movie.

    Poster: Hello, I'm new to these boards, and I would like some help with my English.

    You can follow "would like" with a noun you wish to receive, or the infinitive of a verb you wish to do. You can also follow it with "it if..." and then a past-tense clause describing a situation you find desirable.

    "I would like it if everyone stopped blaming each other and started fixing the problem."

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