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I know I can say

  1. I would write a letter if I wanted my message to be warm and personal.

But is it grammatical to say

  1. I would write a letter if I would like to be warm and personal.

I'm confused because this is conditional statement so there should be no would after if (in general) but on the other hand I would like has different meaning than I like/liked.

I'd like to make sure if both sentences are correct.

Thanks

  • The conditional mood, like the subjunctive, requires word conjugations that are similar to the past tense. You can say: If I wanted or if I had wanted but not if I would like. – whiskeychief Mar 21 '19 at 1:17
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It might not be gramattical, I'm not certain, but worse, it's awkward. Another way to rephrase it would be

I would write a letter if I meant for my message to be warm and personal.

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