I'd like you to stay a bit later this evening .......

I

We

You

They

want

would like
('d like)

would prefer
('d prefer)

you


him


her


us


them

to

do ..


go ...


wait ...


help ...


etc

He

She

wants

would like
('d like)

would prefer
('d prefer)

I
We
You
They

don't want

wouldn't like

He
She
doesn't want
I
He
She
We
You
They

would prefer

not to

This is a very useful structure for giving a polite but firm command. Study the examples left, and the one below:

Example: Mr Cheetham, boss of Galactic Enterprises, is talking to his secretary:

"Can you call Mr Jones of Flair Toys and tell him I'll be late for the meeting."

Question: What does he want his secretary to do?

Answer: He wants her to call Mr Jones of Flair Toys and tell him that he'll be late for the meeting.

More examples:

  • "I'd like you to fax this as soon as possible, Miss Jones."
  • "I'd like you to be here before 18:00."
  • "I don't want you to touch my new camera!"
  • "I'd prefer you not to leave before the end of the meeting."
  • "They want us to fill in these forms before we go."
  • "Anne doesn't want me to sell the company."
    etc

NOW TRY THIS EXERCISE