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While discussing the benefits of fruits in a class, a Filipino teacher said:

"In general, fruits are very good for health. Some people would like to eat bananas & some would like to eat oranges."

I would say the Filipino teacher was wrong. But I am not so sure.

I think "would like" should be used in specific situations & "like" in general situations.

You often eat oranges. You like oranges the most. So you said "I like oranges" (I like it most of the time)

But in a specific situation:

For example, you are currently in your friend's home. Your friend brought a banana & an orange to you. And you said "I would like to eat bananas". You could also say this to your friend: "Generally, I like oranges, but now I would like to eat bananas"

So "would like" should be used in specific situations & "like" in general situations, right?

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To be simple, "I would like" is a polite way to say "I want".

In your example

In general, fruits are very good for health. Some people would like to eat bananas & some would like to eat oranges.(This simply means some people want to eat bananas some people want to eat orange.)

Would like can also be used for an offer or to accept a request. For instance,

A: Would you like to eat oranges? B: Yes, I'd like to!

You use like "like" to express that you enjoy or love something.

I like oranges

Means you enjoy eating oranges

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I found an answer. See this video

"like" for general preference

"Would like" for specific & at the moment preference

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