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    What is difference between two sentences ? Are they the same? Are they both talking in present tense? Can I use either one of them when talking to people? For example, someone ask me , do you like to swim? then I answer, yes, I like to swim or I should say , I like swimming

    I like to swim

    I like swimming.


    What is difference between two phrase? Are they the same?

    To be continued

    will be continue

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    "to swim" is an infintive, and the events infintives express are unactualized. An unactualized event hasn't happened yet, or the speaker hasn't yet experienced it, or the event is factual, a fact. That's how it is used here:

    Max: Do you like to swim?
    Sam: Yes, I do. I like to swim. (That's a fact)

    "swimming" is a gerund, and the events gerunds express are actualized. An actualized event has happened, the speaker has either experienced it or knows about it.

    EX: I like swimming. (I've done it before)

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    "to be" is an infinitive, so it expresses an unactualized event, one that hasn't happened yet, a meaning that the future also expresses:

    EX: This meeting is to be continued.
    EX: This meeting will be continued.

    The other difference between "to be" and "will", aside from meaning, is structure. "to be" cannot function as a main verb. It needs a form a BE, like this,

    EX: Max is to be the next President.
    EX: Max was to be the next President.

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    Default Re: difference between two sentences

    I also have a query on this

    where we have to use to be and will be

    Max is to be the next president
    Max will be the next president.

    totally confused



    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    "to swim" is an infintive, and the events infintives express are unactualized. An unactualized event hasn't happened yet, or the speaker hasn't yet experienced it, or the event is factual, a fact. That's how it is used here:

    Max: Do you like to swim?
    Sam: Yes, I do. I like to swim. (That's a fact)

    "swimming" is a gerund, and the events gerunds express are actualized. An actualized event has happened, the speaker has either experienced it or knows about it.

    EX: I like swimming. (I've done it before)

    ========

    "to be" is an infinitive, so it expresses an unactualized event, one that hasn't happened yet, a meaning that the future also expresses:

    EX: This meeting is to be continued.
    EX: This meeting will be continued.

    The other difference between "to be" and "will", aside from meaning, is structure. "to be" cannot function as a main verb. It needs a form a BE, like this,

    EX: Max is to be the next President.
    EX: Max was to be the next President.

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    Default Re: difference between two sentences

    Well, to me [1] is indefinite, whereas [2] definite:

    [1] Max is [going/supposed/said] to be the next President.
    [2] Max will [definitely] be the next President.

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