10 Ways to Say Want

What do you want? From a sweet snack to a better job to a good night’s sleep, our daily lives are filled with desires big and small. WANT is a perfectly good word, but depending on the situation it might not be the best choice. Here’s an example: in a restaurant, saying “I want a steak” could be considered a little rude.


In this lesson, I’m going to show you a bunch of different words and phrases you can use instead of “want”. Why is this important? Because real mastery of any subject, including the English language, is in the details—the subtleties.


Let’s get to it!


I’d like / I’d love

I’d love to see you soon. Are you free Friday night?



I’ll have / I’ll take

I’ll have a tall latte.



I feel like

What do you feel like doing this afternoon? Want to go for a walk?



I’m in the mood

I’m in the mood to stay in this evening. Maybe I’ll watch a movie.



I have a craving

I have a craving for popcorn!



I’m dying

I’m dying for something sweet.



To be up for something

Are you up for a game of cards?



I could do with

I could do with a vacation.


I would rather

Do you want to walk or drive to the store?

I’d rather walk. It’s beautiful out.



I wish

I wish I had more time! 


That's a wrap! If you want to get some extra practice in, take a few minutes and write me an email. Tell me what topic you'd like to see me cover in a future lesson. Is there a topic or grammar question you're dying to learn more about? Don't be shy! I'd really love to hear from you. You can reach me at nessa@esltopten.com. And don't forget to nab your free PDF on ways to say "want" that includes a few short exercises.

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
-Michael Jordan

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