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Consider these examples.

A: I would like to go to watch the baseball game.

B: I would love to go to watch the baseball game.

I guess the willingness of the latter is stronger than the former. The question is how much of it? Suppose an individual game ticket ranges from $50 to $800.

"would like" indicates A is a usual fan and he probably would spend $50 to buy a ticket.

"would love" indicates B is a fanatical fan and he probably would spend $800 to buy a ticket.

Is my understanding right? Could someone please give a hint? Thanks in advance.


The examples are adapted from post ("I want to" and "I would like to" and "I would love to"), my understanding comes from it as well.

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No, that isn't reasonable. Someone might say "I would love to go to the game, if you would buy my ticket." They like baseball a lot, even love it, but they are misers and love money more.
The only way you could make a specific differentiation between "love" and "like" is by asking the person who uses the word what they mean by it, and then only in exactly the same situation.

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  • Or they might say "I would love to go if only I could afford a ticket." – Kate Bunting Mar 29 '20 at 8:05

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