The word like is very versatile. It can be used as a verb, a preposition, an adjective, and a noun. It’s two main uses are as a verb and as a preposition:
The word LIKE used as a verb, means to enjoy, or to have a preference for something or someone. It is used in the same way as LOVE, but the meaning is not as strong. For example:
- I like watching T.V. in the evenings.
- I like my new English teacher, he is easy to understand.
- My sister likes eating pizza, but she doesn’t like pasta.
- I like the colour blue more than the colour red.
- We don’t use this verb in the continuous form: i.e. I like to read books NOT I am liking to read books. X
- We generally follow LIKE with an object: i.e. I like English (or I like IT.)
As a preposition (and as an adjective) it is used to compare things, or to say that something is similar to something else. For example:
- You look just like your mother with that dress on.
- It feels like summer, it’s so hot outside.
- Stop behaving like a child.
- It’s just like him to be late for an appointment.
ADVERB / CONJUNCTION
This word is often wrongly used as an adverb or a conjunction, and if you wish to speak English correctly you should not use it in either of these two ways. For example:
- As an adverb: I feel LIKE I’m annoyed. (Here it is completely unnecessary, just delete it).
Correct example: I feel annoyed.
- As a conjunction: He looks LIKE he is happy. (Here you should use the words AS IF or AS THOUGH).
Correct example: He looks as if he is happy.
See more about ways to use the word LIKE here, at Wikipedia.
WANT TO – WOULD LIKE TO
Be careful not to confuse LIKE with the words I WOULD LIKE…
I WOULD LIKE is simply a polite way of saying I WANT. Examples:
- Would you like (do you want) some coffee?
- She says she’d like to be my friend.
- I would have liked to have bought a new car last year, but I couldn’t afford it.
- I would like (love) to go to the beach this week-end.