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I know that "wouldn't like" is not so polite when speaking ( and it should be "don't want" to be polite). My question: During the teaching time, does a teacher need to be polite? can he say "wouldn't like" instead of "don't want"?
I asked this because I just attended a class that teaches people how to give a good formal talk and the teacher used both "would like" and "wouldn't like". I thought that he used "would like" because he wanted to be polite, but continuing this way I didn't get why he also used "wouldn't like". There are two possibilities: the first one is that "wouldn't like" is polite enough and the second one is that he doesn't know that is impolite.
Could you please make a comment on this?
Thanks for your help.
So, what would you say then?
Neither one nor the other is more or less polite.
It is true to say that 'I would like' is more polite than 'I want', but with 'I don't want' and 'I wouldn't like' there is not really any such distinction in most circumstances.
Both to say "would you like/wouldn't you like" or do you "want/don't want" imply there is choice available.
Would you like to clean up your room?
Do you want to clean up your room?
Both, to my child would imply that he/she has a choice. However, I feel that if I said "I want you to clean up your room" there is more of a demand than a choice given.
I feel that in most instances "would like" is more polite.
The other thing to consider, again if a child/teenager is asked "Would you like to clean up your room?" there could very well be a very sarcastic answer "No, I wouldn't LIKE to clean up my room." tone of voice makes a big difference then.