Ok, according to many sources, there are differences between "like & would like"

“Like” for general state

“Like” is used for the things you generally love, enjoy . We use like to talk about things we like all the time.

When you like something it means you always like it. Or usually.

“Would Like” for a specific preference

“Would Like” is used to mean “want”, but it is used for more polite expressions.

When you would like something it means you want it (now).

In the dictionary, they say

Would (modal verb): would like, love, hate, prefer, etc. something/(somebody) to do something | would rather do something/somebody did something used to say what you like, love, hate, etc.

I'd love a coffee.

I'd be only too glad to help.

I'd hate you to think I was criticizing you.

I'd rather come with you.

I'd rather you came with us.

I'd hate (= would not like) you to think I didn't appreciate what you'd done. Source

I would hate to lose contact with my old school friends. Source

So, it seems that the above principles may be applied to

hate <> would hate

love <> would love

That is "hate" for general state & "would hate" for specific occasions right?

  • Wrong. "Would" implies speculation about some possible future event. – Hot Licks Aug 28 '17 at 3:20
  • There's a lot of truth in what you say, though the 'speculation about some possible event' sense of 'would' may well also flavour this. 'If it weren't for this headache, I'd be only too glad to help' demands the 'if suitable conditions obtained' reading, but 'I'd be only too glad to help' is often used as a hedged (here, emphasising friendliness/willingness rather than politeness) form (paraphrasable as 'I'm happy to help'). – Edwin Ashworth Aug 28 '17 at 7:43
  • This is the standard use of "would" as a condition which can be applied to any verb. "I would like a coffee." has the same grammatical structure as "I would drink a coffee." i.e. I don't have a coffee but if I did I would [like|drink] it. – smatterer Sep 1 '17 at 9:39

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