Expressing Desires In English
A desire is a having a sense or feeling of a strong want or wish for something. When expressing desires, one can use forms like, “Could you….?” or “Would you….?” Other forms that could be used that are more direct are: “I wish…”, “I want…”, “I’d like to…”, or “I hope to/for…”. Below is another sample dialog on how to use this effectively.
Joy is in the kitchen making breakfast for the family when her husband Cooper enters…
Joy: I have so much to do today and I am not sure that I can get it all done before the kids come home from school. I have to grocery shop, two appointments, laundry and I have a doctor appointment at 2:00 pm this afternoon.
Cooper: That is a lot. Why don’t you just cancel some of your appointments for another day?
Joy: Well, I can’t because I have another busy day tomorrow. Could you pick up the kids from
school today? If you could do that for me, then that will give me a chance to make my last appointment.
Cooper: Sure, I have nothing planned for that time. However, I’d like to hang out with the guys this evening. Will you be back before 7:00 pm?
Joy: Yes, I will be back before 7:00 pm. If anything changes I will give you a call. I wish I could hang out with the girls more often.
Cooper: I don’t see how with your busy schedule. However, you would have to give up something if you decide that’s something you would like to do. You deserve some fun in your life.
Joy: Yes, I do… I would like to have some balance in my life. I am going to revisit my schedule.
Cooper: I think you should!
Children enters the room…
Children (in unison): Good morning!
Practice the dialog below with a family member or friend. Use the forms:
“Could you….?” or “Would you….?”, “I wish…”, “I want…”, “I’d like to…”, or “I hope to/for…”.
You: Hi __________ (name)!
Friend: Hi! What are your plans for the weekend?
You: I would like to/I hope to/I wish I could, but I am….
Friend: Sounds great!/Okay…
You: What about you? What are your plans for the weekend?
Friend: I’d like to/I hope to/I would like to…