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.
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.
"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,
I like hearing that too!