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D00M
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:06:54 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Is there any difference in meaning between the following two?

I like you to think about this conversation carefully.
I would like you to think about this conversation carefully.



The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
BobShilling
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:37:41 PM
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Assuming that you want the person addressed to think about the conversation after these words have been uttered, then only 'would like' is appropriate.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 3:14:51 AM

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I agree - the first one does not really sound right.

The normal verb "like" is usually, in this sort of construction, followed by an object and participle rather than an object and infinitive.

The action happens sometimes:
I like you wearing that hat. You wear that hat occasionally and, when you do, I like it.
I like him visiting us each weekend. He visits each weekend and I like that fact.
I like you thinking about our conversations. You sometimes think about them and, when you do, I like the fact that you do.

Sometimes, you can use either an infinitive or a participle.
I like my mother to cook my dinner on a Sunday.
I like my mother cooking my dinner on a Sunday.

To me, the difference is that the infinitive sounds like she cooks dinner occasionally, and the participle sounds like it is more regular.

The 'hypothetical/desired' verb "would like" is usually followed by the infinitive.
The action does not currently happen (or is not currently happening), but you want it to happen:
I would like you to wear that hat.
I would like him to visit each weekend.
I would like my mother to cook my dinner on Sunday.
I would like you to think about this conversation carefully.



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