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    would like to and want to?

    Hello Eeveryone,


    I would like to know here in spoken English if "would like to" and "want to" are synonymous , if they can be exchanged with each other in any context ad if there are any big differences between them in spoken English.

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    Re: would like to and want to?

    They are usually synonymous; they can be exchanged with each other in many contexts; in spoken English 'want' can be stressed to signify a stronger feeling of desire than 'would like to'.

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    Re: would like to and want to?

    In some social situations, it would be much politer to say "I would like". For example, if you were at a posh dinner party and you had particularly enjoyed the main course and hoped to make it yourself in the future, you wouldn't say to the host "I want that recipe". That's very abrupt and could be considered rude. You would say "I would [very much] like to know how you made that delicious main course".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: would like to and want to?

    By the way, can I say that in written English " would like to" is more common than " want to" ?

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    Re: would like to and want to?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    By the way, can I say that in written English " would like to" is more common than " want to" ?
    No, it depends on context.

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