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  1. Rezafo's Avatar
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    #1

    (would like to ) to use it in the past

    can the phrase " I would like to" be used in the past format?

    when I was a kid I would like to play with my uncle's horse.
    (meaning that an action that I liked it doing in the past (certain time).

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    #2

    Re: (would like to ) to use it in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezafo View Post
    Can the phrase "I would like to" be used for a time in the past? format?
    No, it is used to indicate a present/future wish.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezafo View Post
    When I was a kid I would like wanted/wished to play with my uncle's horse.
    See above.

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    #3

    Re: (would like to ) to use it in the past

    Thanks a lot.
    1. I appreciate your proofreading and editing my text. Please keep up the good job.
    2. What about changing the verb "like" into "want" or "wish"? By using like here, I meant the speaker "enjoyed" doing that activity rather than "wanting" or "wishing" it. So, can it be as; When I was a kid I liked / enjoyed playing with my uncle's horse?

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    #4

    Re: (would like to ) to use it in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezafo View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    1. I appreciate your proofreading and editing my text. Please keep up the good work. job.
    2. What about changing the verb "like" into "want" or "wish"? By using "like" here, I meant the speaker "enjoyed" doing that activity rather than "wanting" or "wishing" it. So, can it be as; I say "When I was a kid, I liked/enjoyed playing with my uncle's horse"?
    Yes, you can.
    Note that "would like" is not the same as "like."

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    #5

    Re: (would like to ) to use it in the past

    When I was a kid, I liked playing with my uncle's horse.

    That refers to something you enjoyed at a specific time in the past.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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