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Friend: John, can you come to the party tonight?

  1. John: Sorry, no. I'd like to come, but my mum's very ill and I have to look after her.

  2. John: Sorry, no. I want to come, but my mum's very ill and I have to look after her.

Do they both sound correct?

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    What are your doubts? Mar 27, 2021 at 10:31
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    Both are grammatically correct, but (1) is more natural (or "I would have liked to come", implying "if circumstances had been different"). Mar 27, 2021 at 10:38
  • @KateBunting, Does "I would like to come" imply "if my mum were not ill"?
    – Mr. X
    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:37
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    "I would like to come (but I can't because...)" Mar 27, 2021 at 13:31

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