What is the difference between the sentences "I would love/like to play cricket" and " I want to play cricket." Is there any difference in the moods?
Further to tchrist's answer, they're different, but it's more complicated than it looks.
I want to play cricket: whether the option to play cricket is available or not, to play cricket is what I want to be doing right now. I don't want to be sitting at my boring office job wasting time on ELU; I want to play cricket, dammit.
I would love to play cricket. I read this as one of: 1) My friend has asked me if I want to play cricket right now and I've replied "I would love to play cricket!" This could be followed by me saying either "So let's play!" or "But unfortunately I can't because I'm at my boring office job wasting time on ELU."
OR 2) If it were possible to play cricket right now, I would gladly do so, but alas it is not possible at all.
The first phrase is expressing an affection for playing cricket. The other phrase is a basic agreement to play or a statement wishing to fulfill a need.
Context surrounding the phrase may affect how the phrase is received:
- In the right conversation and sarcastic tone, “I love to play cricket” can mean just the opposite.
- “Love to play cricket” can also imply an unnecessarily exaggerated form of simple confirmation.
would like/want are the same meaning, but would like is more formal: all of these are indicative mood
would love is conditional mood