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    would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    I would never say this but I would like to know if it's possible?
    The thing is that we have some teachers educated during the times of the Soviets.

    "What would you like to do?''

    Would your answer be "I like to ski"?

    Would you ever answer to a question "Would you like to read?"

    "I like to read this book."

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    Re: would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    Not a teacher

    It isn't appropriate to me as your questions seem to be for now while your answers stand for habits. It should likely go as follows: "What would you like to do [at the moment]? - I'd like to ski" OR "What do you like doing [in the winter/every winter]? - I like skiing".

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    Re: would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    "What would you like to do?''

    "I would like to ski."



    "Would you like to read?"

    "Yes, I would like to read this book."

    (I think these questions and answers sound a little more natural.)

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    Re: would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    Like Philadelphia and DRThomas said above, it is not really the most natural answer. But it could be natural if said in this way:

    A: What would you like to do?
    B: I like to ski. How about we do that?

    When B says “I like to ski” she is not really answering the question directly.

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    Re: would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    Like Philadelphia and DRThomas said above, it is not really the most natural answer. But it could be natural if said in this way:

    A: What would you like to do?
    B: I like to ski. How about we do that?

    When B says “I like to ski” she is not really answering the question directly.
    So it would be kind of wrong to ansцer to a question "What would you like to do? I like to ski." For me it sounds very odd.
    Last edited by ostap77; 24-Oct-2010 at 18:33.

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    Re: would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So it would be kind of wrong to anser to a question "What would you like to do? I like to ski." For me it sounds very odd.
    It is not wrong. In the situation Munch mentioned, the words How about we do that? may be left out if the two speakers involved understand that they (or similar expressions) are implied.

    I agree that it sounds odd, but for me it is odd only out of context. In normal, everyday conversation lots of things that, if read in isolation seem odd, are actually normal and natural.

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    Re: would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So it would be kind of wrong to anser to a question "What would you like to do? I like to ski." For me it sounds very odd.
    Yes. It sounds odd to me as well, and as Munch has pointed out, doesn´t answer the question.

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    Re: would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Yes. It sounds odd to me as well, and as Munch has pointed out, doesn´t answer the question.
    In conversation, we often answer by implication; Another example:

    Luke: Did you go to the concert last week?
    Emma: I can't stand the Rolling Stones.

    Of course, strictly speaking, the question is not answered, but the implicatures are that the concert referred to in the question was a Rolling Stones concert, and that Emma did not go to it. This is clear to both speakers at the time.

    I would say that this is also clear in the example I gave with just the words I like to ski. The words themselves do not answer the question, but the implicature does.

    See: Implicature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: would like vs some kind of a strange answer

    That's a good point.

    Where would you like to go for dinner?
    I like Italian food. [Implication: Could we go someplace that has good Italian food?]

    So while no one would react at all if heard in normal conversation, it's still not a good answer "on the [grammar/English] test" unless it occurs in a conversational context.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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