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    Hello again
    going back in time, I remembered another English textbook according to which verbs of emotions( like, love,dislike,hate)
    are followed by gerund.There was an exercise where you had to use infinitive or gerund to complete some sentences and of course "I love to read books by the sea " was considered incorrect according to the rule!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by antonyan View Post
    ... I remembered another English textbook according to which verbs of emotions( like, love,dislike,hate) are followed by gerund.There was an exercise where you had to use infinitive or gerund to complete some sentences and of course "I love to read books by the sea " was considered incorrect according to the rule!
    Love, hate, etc can be followed by either a gerund or a to- infinitive. That is a fact. Any book that says they can be followed only by gerund is wrong.

    However, there is difference in meaning, and the gerund is more often appropriate than the to- infinitive. This may be what the book said.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Antonyan:

    I thought that you would like these two examples from a very reliable grammar book. *

    1. I like camping in the mountains. (It's so peaceful here.) The gerund is "more immediate and more vivid."

    2. I like to camp in the mountains. (It's so peaceful there.) The infinitive is "remote and more objective."

    * Marianne Celce-Murcia and Diane Larsen-Freeman, The Grammar Book (1983), page 436. The two authors also

    credit two other scholars for these ideas: D. Bolinger and N.V. So.


    Sincerely yours,

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    Default Re: love to read/ love reading

    In BrE like/love to often has a more restricted sense than the gerund:

    I like drinking coffee. (Any time, anywhere)
    I like to drink coffee in the morning. (Restricted- I don't drink it at night)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    1. I like camping in the mountains. (It's so peaceful here.) The gerund is "more immediate and more vivid."

    2. I like to camp in the mountains. (It's so peaceful there.) The infinitive is "remote and more objective."
    Ms C-M and L-F may feel that, but I'd use camping in both those sentences. I feel that the -ing form tends to be used for a general feeling, the infinitive for a more deliberate choice:

    I like spending time with my son. He's great company.
    I like to spend time with my son occasionally. I take my role as a parent seriously.
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    Default Re: love to read/ love reading

    Thank you all for your prompt replies!
    However, when teaching 9-year-olds, is it worth mentioning these nuances?
    I have two examples on my mind that might exemplify another nuance, as I see it.
    " I like to visit my dentist once a year for a dental check-up" ( I find it a wise thing to do)
    "I like visiting my dentist ........" ( I enjoy my visit to my dentist!)
    Am I correct?
    I'd appreciate a comment on my example



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    Quote Originally Posted by antonyan View Post
    I have two examples on my mind that might exemplify another nuance, as I see it.
    " I like to visit my dentist once a year for a dental check-up" ( I find it a wise thing to do)
    "I like visiting my dentist ........" ( I enjoy my visit to my dentist!)
    Am I correct?
    Yes, in my opinion.
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    Default Re: love to read/ love reading

    begin:
    continue:
    hate:
    love:
    start:
    intend:
    prefer:
    like:

    These verbs can be followed by both gerund or to + infinitive, with gerund these verbs refer to something in general but with to + infinitive refer to to something in particular.

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