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First off, I would like to thank Mike (New York) and TDOL for their help a couple of weeks. I did not wish to be ungrateful and impolite, but unfortunately have been unable to log in to thank them despite several attempts - I am unfortunately rather computer challenged! So, thank you, Mike and TDOL - you helped solve my problem.

Now perhaps you or others could help with this question: Is "I would like that you do this" ( instead of: "I would like you to do this") simply awkward or actually incorrect? I think it's not right but will welcome all your comments.

Thanks in advance in case I still can't log in later!

Sheila
 

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Many British speakers would call it an error. I've heard it used by native speakers and believe it is more used by Americans. I'd say it is awkward. ;-)
 

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ssee said:
First off, I would like to thank Mike (New York) and TDOL for their help a couple of weeks. I did not wish to be ungrateful and impolite, but unfortunately have been unable to log in to thank them despite several attempts - I am unfortunately rather computer challenged! So, thank you, Mike and TDOL - you helped solve my problem.

Now perhaps you or others could help with this question: Is "I would like that you do this" ( instead of: "I would like you to do this") simply awkward or actually incorrect? I think it's not right but will welcome all your comments.

Thanks in advance in case I still can't log in later!

Sheila

I agree with tdol in that it's awkward. Moreover, "I would like that you do this" is odd, even for North American English speakers. Try,

1. I would like it if you would do this.
2. I would like it if you did this.

All the best,
 

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Casiopea said:
I agree with tdol in that it's awkward. Moreover, "I would like that you do this" is odd, even for North American English speakers. Try,

1. I would like it if you would do this.
2. I would like it if you did this.

All the best,

What about: I would like you/your doing this. :) Still clumsy in N.A.E.? :shock:

All the best, too.

:lol:
 

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For me, that could only be used under special circumstances:

I would like your leaving to be quiet. (I know you're leaving and am adding quietness to it)

Even then, it's a bit clumsy, imo. :lol:
 

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henry said:
Casiopea said:
I agree with tdol in that it's awkward. Moreover, "I would like that you do this" is odd, even for North American English speakers. Try,

1. I would like it if you would do this.
2. I would like it if you did this.

All the best,

What about: I would like you/your doing this. :) Still clumsy in N.A.E.? :shock:

All the best, too.

:lol:

As for "I would like you doing this", it doesn't work. 'doing', a participle, expresses an actualized event, whereas 'would like' expresses a conditional/future expectation. The two are at odds semantically.

As for "I would like your doing this", it'd work of you added a to-infintive as tdol has:

"I would like your leaving to be quiet."

"your leaving" functions as a gerund, a noun. It's the object of "like".

All the best,
 
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