would like you to & would like to


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A co-worker who is not English native told me in modern American English "I would like you to" means same with "I would like to". For example, he says "I would like you to call Mr. Smith" means "I would like to call Mr. Smith". That sounds very strange to me since the person who takes action is completely different in "I would like to" and "I would like you to".

I would like to know whether they use "I would like you to" and "I would like to" in same way in US now.

Thank you.
  • ace02nc

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    Trust your first reaction... you're definitely correct in this case. What your friend told you is most certainly not correct.


    Senior Member
    English - United States
    I agree with you (greentea) and ace02nc.

    I would like to clean the house. (I want to do it!)
    I would like you to clean the house. (You do it!)