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    'I like to run' and 'I like running'..What's the difference between the sentences

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    Quote Originally Posted by AttamaN View Post
    'I like to run' and 'I like running'..What's the difference between the sentences
    I'd say they are completely interchangeable. I can't think of anything to distinguish them. In the first example the infinitive of the verb "to run" is being used as the object of the verb "to like". In the second a gerund is made from the verb "to run" and again acts as the object of "to like".

    I can't give you any clue as to when you should use one or the other though as they seem to mean exactly the same thing. I'd be very pleased if someone could point one out though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AttamaN View Post
    'I like to run' and 'I like running'..What's the difference between the sentences
    I remember someone (I think Tdol but I'm not sure) once said there is a difference in British English but I can't remember it. Try searching through the site; you may find that post.

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    In most cases, the Infinitive and the Present Participle are completely interchangable. Examples of this are "I like to run" and "I like running", here the two sentences mean the same thing.
    So, in the examples you have given, there is no difference.

    There are cases, such as with the verbs to feel and to see, where they have slightly different meanings.

    For example:
    "I saw him going into town" and "I saw him go into town".
    The first one suggests that the action might have been completed, but not necessarily.
    The second sentence suggests the activity hascertainly been completed.

    I can explain this futher if necessary :)

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    thx everyone for your help..It's clear now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niall View Post
    In most cases, the Infinitive and the Present Participle are completely interchangable. Examples of this are "I like to run" and "I like running", here the two sentences mean the same thing.
    So, in the examples you have given, there is no difference.

    There are cases, such as with the verbs to feel and to see, where they have slightly different meanings.

    For example:
    "I saw him going into town" and "I saw him go into town".
    The first one suggests that the action might have been completed, but not necessarily.
    The second sentence suggests the activity hascertainly been completed.

    I can explain this futher if necessary :)
    I remember someone (a senior member, I think Tdol) said there is a difference also between the infinitive and the -ing form after like. I really can't remember what it was about but it certainly must be a nuance since many native speakers said they couldn't grasp the difference. However, I may be wrong.
    I've tried to search the forum but I can't manage to use the search function.
    But I'm sure there is a thread about this.

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    Here's the thread you've been trying to find, Englishlanguage:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...-question.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Here's the thread you've been trying to find, Englishlanguage:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...-question.html
    Thank you so much...
    This problem was driving me crazy...I just couldn't remember the difference!

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