Lesson 27: Would like

Lesson 27: Would like

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I would like ____
We would like _____
You would like ______
You would like _____

He would like_____

She would like _____

It would like _____

They would like _____

would like = want

The verb “would like” requires an object, a gerund, or an infinitive after it:

  • I would like a bagel. (The word “bagel” is an object.)
  • He’d like a new job. (The word “job” is an object. Notice that the subject and “would” are contracted to form “He’d.” This is very common.)
  • They’d like a new dog. (The word “dog” is an object.)
  • They’d like to get a new dog. (“To get” is an infinitive.)

Most people make a contraction with the subject and “would.”

I would like a burrito = I’d like a burrito.

She would like to make a call. = She’d like to make a call.

Present Tense – negative


I wouldn’t like _____
We wouldn’t like ____
You wouldn’t like____
You wouldn’t like ____

He wouldn’t like ____

She wouldn’t like ____

It wouldn’t like ____

They wouldn’t like ____

Remember: You must have an object after “would like.”

You can also use a gerund after “would like.”

  • You wouldn’t like living there. (“Living” is a gerund.)
  • He probably wouldn’t like the food.
  • They wouldn’t like doing that kind of work. (“Doing” is a gerund.)

Note: Using “would like” in the negative is not always an easy thing to do. This expresses an opinion about a person that might not be true.

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These questions are made with “would like.”

would like = do want

  • What would you like on your pizza?
  • Would you like to go out tonight?
  • Would they like to go to the park?
  • What time would you like to leave?
  • How many pieces of chicken would you like?

Here are some examples:

  • A: What would she like to do some day?
  • B: She’d like to become a professional photographer
(She’d = She would)

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  • A: Would he like to improve his English?
  • B: Yes, he would.       (or…)
  • B: Yes, he would like that very much.


  • A: What would she like to do today?
  • B: She’d like to read some books.

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Directions: Fill in the blanks with “would” and “like.”
1- 10 would like
What _______ you _________ to eat?
I ________ _________ a hot dog.
What ________ she ________?
She ________ ________ some french fries.
How _________ you __________ your steak?
I _________ _________ it well done.
They _________ __________ to watch TV.
Your parents __________ _________ that. (negative)
Bob _________ _________ living in California. (negative)
________ you _________ some ketchup?


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