As humans, it seems as though we always want something new. Perhaps a new car, a new game, or a new skill.
In today’s lesson I’m going to look at 5 ways to express our wants. Even the more advanced speakers of English can probably admit to using the word “want” too much.
This lesson aims to improve your vocabulary for everyday situations.
Hope can show a future or past desire (something we want). Even though we want something, “hope” doesn’t mean we will work hard to get it – it’s a feeling in our heads, but not an action.
People often confuse the word “expect” with “hope” or “want”, but the meaning is a little different.
When we expect something, we want something but we think it is likely or certain to happen.
“To wish” is a little different. It does mean something similar to “want”, but it’s a desire we have on things we can’t control. It’s often like we want magic to change something.
We usually use past tense with “wish”. This shows how unlikely it is to change.
Want / Would like
“Want” and “would like” are very similar and can be used in the same way. However, I always recommend that if you are asking someone else to do something for you, you should use “Would like”.
“Would like” is much politer and less direct. Here are some examples.
I left this one last, because it’s not as common in everyday conversation. When we talk about the topic of ‘wanting things’, we often use the word “desire”, but it’s a bit too formal for everyday talks.
We sometimes use it when “want” or “hope” isn’t enough. “Desire” has a stronger feeling – like it’s something you will do anything to get.
Thanks for reading! Tell me in the comments below what you desire. Do you have any hopes or wishes for the future?
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