I've heard and observed many saying...

I would like a cup of coffee
I would like our website to be responsive
I would like a customer care button at the bottom of the webpage
and so on...

I always feel that it's a half-baked sentence and it strongly requires 'to + have'

I would like to have a cup of coffee
and so on...

Do we require 'to' after 'would like....' to sound a complete sentence? Or is it okay without 'to'?

  • I remember that you often use learner's dictionaries and Practical English Usage (PEU). Have you looked it (would like) up? Would the definitions and explanations still make you feel that it's half-baked? Sep 2, 2015 at 9:47
  • The problem with it is I don't remember such an entry and I have no access to my notes from PEU! @DamkerngT. Ah, will be happy if you enlighten me with the entry.
    – Maulik V
    Sep 2, 2015 at 9:49
  • Okay, a moment! -- It's under PEU 325.6 would like. (325 is like: verb). I also found would like in both Macmillan and Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. I'm not sure if this is one of the learner's dictionaries you usually use. Sep 2, 2015 at 9:51
  • @DamkerngT. oh, it's transitive + no passive as well. That says it all...thanks
    – Maulik V
    Sep 2, 2015 at 12:02
  • You're welcome. I'm not really sure that it really can't be used passively, though I can say that I've never seen or heard would like being used passively before. Sep 2, 2015 at 12:13

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The third one needs an article "a customer care button" but otherwise these are perfectly idiomatic and not "half-baked". would like can take a noun-phrase (a faster car), an infinitive-phrase (to know her name), a noun-phrase complemented by an infinitive phrase (Sheila to relocate to London).

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