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    Default Like+ infinitive v. like + ----ing

    What is the difference between the two? Or is there any difference? How do you explain it to students?

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    Default Re: Like+ infinitive v. like + ----ing

    Welcome, Seantxu.

    like + gerund
    EX: I like swimming. (expressing a generality)

    like + to-infinitive
    EX: I like to swim after work. (expressing a particular time or situation)

    Read more here: http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/ING5.cfm

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    dear friend

    when you say ( i like going out with my friends ) that means that " going out with your friends" is a hobby for you, and you enjoy it, and it is like a rutine in your life.
    but if you say ( i like to go aut with my friends) that means that NOW, you have at least 2 choices, and you prefer going out with your friend rather than" the other choice."


    Hope that helps

    Matilda

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    Default Re: Like+ infinitive v. like + ----ing

    Matilda, I like your explanation. However, please note, like + to-infinitive doesn't necessarily express "now", and it can also express a routine,

    EX: I like to go out with my friends on weekends.

    'on weekends' is both a particular time and a give situation.

    All the best.

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