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    like to

    Q: What do you like to do?

    a, I like to listen to music.
    a-1, I want to listen to music.

    but
    I like to bike riding.
    (Why can't we use 'I like to ride a bike'?)
    When can I add 'ing' ?



    thank you.

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    Re: like to

    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    I like to bike riding. (Why can't we use 'I like to ride a bike'?) When can I add 'ing'?
    like to
    Q: What do you like to do?
    A: I like to_______. (Fill in the blank with a base verb like, do)

    EX: I like to play the piano.
    EX: I like to cycle.
    EX: I like to bike riding. (Not OK)

    'bike' is not a verb in that sentence. It's an adjective. 'riding' is the verb, but it ends in -ing, so it isn't a base verb. It should be 'ride'.

    EX: I like to ride my bike.

    like
    Q: What do you like doing?
    A: I like _________. (Fill in the blank with a gerund, an -ing word)

    EX: I like playing the piano.
    EX: I like cycling.
    EX: I like riding.

    Also, if the question has 'like to', the answer doesn't have to be 'like to'. It can be 'like -ing'. Both are OK:

    Q: What do you like to do?
    A: I like to cycle. (OK)
    A: I like cycling. (OK)

    Q: What do you like doing?
    A: I like cycling. (OK)
    A: I like to cycle. (OK)

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