Like & Would Like

Like & Would Like

“I like what I like, I don’t like what I don’t like.” James Vincent McMorrow, an Irish singer-songwriter

“I would like to be a polyglot.” Rachel Maddow, an American television news program host


We use like to to talk about something we love:

  • I like cats.
  • I like good food.
  • I like my bed.

After like we can use to + infinitive or V-ing:

  • I like to swim / I like swimming.
  • I like to watch TV / I like watching TV.
  • I like to learn English / I like learning English.

After like we can also use it when + subject + predicate:

  • I like it when you are happy.
  • He likes it when people listen to him.
  • We like it when we make progress.

When you like something best, you like it most:

  • I like this novel best.
  • The whole album is great, but I like this song best.
  • All the four seasons are great, but I like summer best.

The opposite of like something best is like something least:

  • I don’t like these people, and I like that man least.
  • This is the place which I like least. (= I like this place least)
  • The whole film is bad. If you ask me*, I like this scene least.

*We use the phrase “if you ask me” before we give our opinion: 1) If you ask me, this color is awful. 2) If you ask me, the book is great.

When you don’t like something, you dislike it:

  • I dislike worms. (= I don’t like worms)
  • I dislike cooking. (= I don’t like cooking)
  • I dislike him. (= I don’t like him)


We use would like + noun to ask for something:

  • I would like a cup of tea.
  • I would like some rest.
  • I’d like an ice cream. (= I would like an ice cream)

We use the question form to offer things:

  • Would you like some juice?
  • Would you like an apple?
  • Would you like some help?

Related: “A/An, Some, Any & No

I would like = I want, I like ∼ I love. Compare:

  • I like ice cream (💓). I would like an ice cream now because it’s very hot.
  • He likes beer. He would like a bottle of beer tonight.
  • I like fish. I would like some fish for dinner.

I would like to do something = I want to do something:

  • I would like to invite you to the party.
  • He would like to date her.
  • My brother would like to get a new job.
Do you like this tree? Would you like to climb it?



Hi! I’m Becky. I am a teacher, and I like my job very much. I like to teach kids and adults, and I like to learn something new every day, I like to help* others learn new things too. But I don’t like to work long hours*. Sometimes it happens though*.

I would like to tell you about what I like best. I like it when my students make progress* and feel happy about their results. I would like to enjoy more times like these, so I will work hard and hope my students will make good progress in future too.

  • To help somebody do something = To help somebody to do something: Can you help me find my glasses? / Can you help me to find my glasses?
  • Long hours = overtime – extra hours that someone works at their job: I don’t like to work long hours. / I don’t like to work overtime.
  • We use though to indicate that some information contrasts with or modifies information in a previous sentence or sentences: I like him. Sometimes he’s unbearable though.
  • To make progress = to improve: He is making progress in his work.

What do you like, and what would you like?

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