Each of the expressions möchte, will, lieber, würde seems to mean I want / I wish / I’d like.

For example:

Was würden Sie gern essen?

Can you help me to understand the difference between them?


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I think this is very well explained here. I hope this helps.

Willst du is 2nd person singular of wollen. It is a desire coming from your will/head rather then a hearts wish. When you order in a restaurant you often choose möchten (subjunctive of mögen) than wollen, because it is much more polite.

Ich will ... = I want ...

Ich möchte ... = I'd like ...

Also refer to this Q&A: "Ich möchte das gerne machen" or "Ich würde das gerne machen"


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