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    'Would want to'

    I know that 'would like to' is a polite version of 'want', and I think 'would want to' is also a polite version of 'want'. Then, can I say both of 'would like to' and 'would want to' are interchangeable? I think it depends on speakers or writers' choice. What do you think and how have you used it? Thank you.

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    Re: 'Would want to'

    I wouldn't use 'would want to' as a polite form of 'want'.

    They are not interchangeable in the following situations:

    If my doctor said I needed an operation I would want to get a second opinion.

    Talking to a hotel receptionist I would say 'I would like to have a room with a balcony, please'.


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    Re: 'Would want to'

    "Would want to" only really works in a hypothetical or when describing a situation which is normally the case but on this occasion isn't the case. The hypothetical is described perfectly in Rover's example about getting a second opinion. My example for the other situation is:

    - Hi. I would like a room please.
    - Certainly sir. Would you like a room with a balcony or one with a sea view?
    - Normally, I would want a balcony but on this occasion I think I'll have a sea view please.

    Of course, that could also be worded "Normally, I would ask for ..." or "Normally, I would book ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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