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    Default difference between indicative present and conditional present

    I would like to meet Nicholas.

    I like to meet Nicholas.

    What is the distinction between the above two sentences? What meanings each is mean't to let out?

    Please help me understand.

    thanks,
    Kirru

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    Default Re: difference between indicative present and conditional present

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    I would like to meet Nicholas.

    I like to meet Nicholas. This is incorrect. You could say 'I like meeting Nicholas.' If it's something you do on a regular basis and you enjoy it.

    What is the distinction between the above two sentences? What meanings each is mean't to let out?

    Please help me understand.

    thanks,
    Kirru
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: difference between indicative present and conditional present

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    I would like to meet Nicholas.

    I like to meet Nicholas.

    What is the distinction between the above two sentences? What meanings each is mean't to let out?

    Please help me understand.

    thanks,
    Kirru
    1) "I would like to meet Nicholas". (sometime in the future)

    This is the same as; "I want to meet Nicholas"

    Using would like just sounds more tentative than want.

    2) "I like to meet Nicholas" (every Sunday, every day after work, sometimes)

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    Default Re: difference between indicative present and conditional present

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Bhai.

    For me and I know this minor,

    1) Like + Gerund (ing)

    "I like meeting Nicholas"

    Suggests that it is generally.

    "I like watching football" (anywhere/anytime)
    "I like singing" (anywhere/anytime)
    "I like cooking"


    2) Like + Infinitive (with to)

    "I like to meet Nicholas"

    Makes a very subtle suggestion that it is at specific times/occassions.
    ie;

    "I like to watch football on TV" but not so much anywhere else.
    "I like to sing in the shower" but not generally anywhere else
    "I like to cook for other people" but maybe not always


    Again. I know this is a real subtle difference and you can say either in conversation without misunderstanding.

    For me, I prefer to hear;
    "I like playing football" to mean generally.


    Interested to know what you think,

    Thanks

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    Default Re: difference between indicative present and conditional present

    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post
    For me and I know this minor,

    1) Like + Gerund (ing)

    "I like meeting Nicholas"

    Suggests that it is generally.

    "I like watching football" (anywhere/anytime)
    "I like singing" (anywhere/anytime)
    "I like cooking"


    2) Like + Infinitive (with to)

    "I like to meet Nicholas"

    Makes a very subtle suggestion that it is at specific times/occassions.
    ie;

    "I like to watch football on TV" but not so much anywhere else.
    "I like to sing in the shower" but not generally anywhere else
    "I like to cook for other people" but maybe not always


    Again. I know this is a real subtle difference and you can say either in conversation without misunderstanding.

    For me, I prefer to hear;
    "I like playing football" to mean generally.


    Interested to know what you think,

    Thanks
    I prefer to hear, I like watching, I like singing etc. That is not to say that 'I like to watch' etc. is wrong, it isn't. In fact, I am the wrong person to ask about this because I have peculiarities of taste and style which a lot of people don't agree with.

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    Default Re: difference between indicative present and conditional present

    I like hearing that too!

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