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    What's the difference between "I think" and "I would like" ?

    What's the difference between "I think" and "I would like" ?

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    Re: What's the difference between "I think" and "I would like" ?

    Huge. Could we have some complete sentences?

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    Re: What's the difference between "I think" and "I would like" ?

    For example,

    I think you are smart than me.

    I would like to be a smart person, I did a lot of reading and read a lot of books.

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    Re: What's the difference between "I think" and "I would like" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    For example,

    I think you are smarter than me.

    I would like to be a smart person. I did a lot of reading and read a lot of books.
    The essence of vocabulary is that different words usually have diffierent meanings.
    Are you suggesting that the above sentences mean the same thing?
    Do you have word in Chinese for "think". Is it the same as the word for "want" or "would like"? If not, could you use either of these Chinese words to mean the same thing?

    It might be a good exercise for you to think (not "would like") of how those two sentences are not the same - how they cannot be the same. For example, if one can be true while the other is false (which is possible), they cannot mean the same thing.
    Ask yourself, for example, whether "I think you are ugly" means "I would like to be as ugly as you."

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    Re: What's the difference between "I think" and "I would like" ?

    I appreciated you after read your comments to me.

    I should change my question.

    Does "want" as same as "would like" ?
    In my opinion, It's same meaning there. Both in Chinese and English.

    For example,
    I want to be a super hero.
    I would like to be a super hero, if I got super power from nature.

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    Re: What's the difference between "I think" and "I would like" ?

    I am not a teacher.

    'Want' and 'would like', in as far as they both express desire are similar, but can differ on many levels.

    The modal 'would' makes it more polite.
    e.g. 'I want a cup of tea', which is rather brusque and impolite if said to someone else, but OK if you say it to yourself.
    'I would like a cup of tea (please)' which is much more acceptable.

    'Would' can also nuance the likelyhood of what you want ever happening.
    'I want to be a super hero.' This is what you want, and it is a realistic ambition.
    'I would like to be a super hero…'. This is a dream, but you know it will never happen.

    There are many shades of meaning possible with modals.

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