Grammar | High Beginner 3

Would like to / Want to

Listen to four short conversations about talking about wants and wishes.
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Conversation #1
Todd: What do you want to do in the future?
Katie: I’d like to be a chef. I want to have my own restaurant.
Todd: What kind of food would you like to cook?
Katie: I’d like to cook Greek food.
Todd: Oh, if you do that, I want to eat there.
Katie: I’d like that!

Conversation #2
Todd: Who would you like to meet someday?
Katie: I’d like to meet Bill Gates.
Todd: What would you ask him?
Katie: I’d ask him about his life. I want to know his secret to success.
Todd: I’d like to know that too.
Katie: Here’s hoping!

Conversation #3
Todd: Where would you like to live in the future.
Katie: I’d like to live in the country.
Todd: What would you do?
Katie: I’d have a farm.
Todd: That would be fun!
Katie: Yeah, I want to grow my own food.

Conversation #4
Todd: What would you like to drink?
Katie: I’d like an iced tea please.
Todd: Do you want sugar with that?
Katie: No, but I’d like some lemon.
Todd: Would you like a straw?
Katie: No, thanks.

Grammar Focus

would like to / want to
These two phrases have the same meaning, but we usually only use want to in the negative form.

Basic Forms
(Q) What would you like to do?
(A) I would like to work in banking.
(A) I’d like to work in banking.
(A) I want to work in banking.
(N) I don’t want to work in sales.

Note: I would = I’d

Y / N Questions
(Q) Would you like a big family?
(A) I’d like to have a big family.
(N) I don’t want to have a pet.

Example 1
What would you like to do?
What do you want to do?

I’d like to work in medicine.
I want to be a nurse.
I don’t want to be a doctor.

Example 2
Where would you like to live?
Where do you want to live?

I’d like to live in the city.
I want to live downtown.
I don’t want to own a house.

Answer the following questions about the interview.

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