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  1. Vlad4
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    Question I'd like to think

    Hi,

    what is the meaning of the sentence 'I'd like to think so'?


    Speaker A: If I go to the party with you, who would you introduce me as?

    Speaker B: a good friend of mine. Aren't you?

    Speaker A: I like to think so.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: I'd like to think

    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad4 View Post
    Hi,

    what is the meaning of the sentence 'I'd like to think so'?


    Speaker A: If I go to the party with you, who would you introduce me as?

    Speaker B: a good friend of mine. Aren't you?

    Speaker A: I like to think so.


    Thanks in advance.

    It means, loosely, "I want to believe it" or "I hope this is the case".


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    Re: I'd like to think

    Hi,
    It means A is not very sure B considers him to be a good friend, but A would be happy if it were really so.

    Rgs

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    Re: I'd like to think

    The replies so far have talked about 'I like to think so'. 'I'd like to think' adds an element of doubt: I'd like to think you'll go to bed at 10.30 while your parents are away [but I've a suspicion you'll have a wild all-night party instead].

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