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    I'm not a native English speaker.
    May I conclude that we should use Simple tenses rather than Progressive tenses when using verbs of perception such as "want", "hate", "like", and etc.

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    Generally, yes. You will see progressive forms used occasionally.

    With 'like' we have the alternative of 'enjoy', which does have a progressive form- a waiter will ask if you're enjoying your meal, so the rule isn't 100% concrete, but it is a tendency.

    Some have different forms according to use:
    The cheese smells delicious. (Giving of a smell doesn't have a progressive form)
    He's smelling the flowers. (the action of taking smell into the nose does)

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