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    How to justify 'dislike to'?

    Hi every body,
    It's mostly said to be more common to hear "dislike doing" rather than "dislike to do", (with the former emphasising a feeling, and the latter an occasion)...I know from some samples that "dislike to do" is a bit formal and not as common as "don't like to do"...However, I'd like to get some more info about the usage of "dislike to do" (the possibility of an infinitive after the verb 'deslike'), and sources in which I can find out more about...Thanks in advance...
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    Is the form "dislike to do" accepted?

    Hi,
    I'd like to know more from the native speakers how odd/common is the use of the verb "dislike" followed by an infinitive. Apart from the different associated meaning in either case, is that ok to use the structure at all?

    Thanks in advance...

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    Re: How to justify 'dislike to'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi every body,
    It's mostly said to be more common to hear "dislike doing" rather than "dislike to do", (with the former emphasising a feeling, and the latter an occasion)...I know from some samples that "dislike to do" is a bit formal and not as common as "don't like to do"...However, I'd like to get some more info about the usage of "dislike to do" (the possibility of an infinitive after the verb 'deslike'), and sources in which I can find out more about...Thanks in advance...
    I'm interested in the feeling/occasion rule. When I saw your other post, which didn't mention this, I tried to imagine contexts where a 'to' infinitive might be acceptable, and was toying with a similar sort of rule. But I feel it's rather dated - most native speakers would use '-ing' in either case. I'm petty sure I've hard the 'to' infinitive used though:

    He disliked hearing people use such language ... - a general feeling
    ...but he particularly disliked to hear his daughter do it. - reaction to a particular instance

    But as I say, I think this is a rather dated usage. What do other teachers think?

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    Re: How to justify 'dislike to'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'm interested in the feeling/occasion rule. When I saw your other post, which didn't mention this, I tried to imagine contexts where a 'to' infinitive might be acceptable, and was toying with a similar sort of rule. But I feel it's rather dated - most native speakers would use '-ing' in either case. I'm petty sure I've hard the 'to' infinitive used though:

    He disliked hearing people use such language ... - a general feeling
    ...but he particularly disliked to hear his daughter do it. - reaction to a particular instance

    But as I say, I think this is a rather dated usage. What do other teachers think?

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    I don't think I've ever heard it. What do the corpora say?
    I would not advise it to students, in any case.

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    Re: Is the form "dislike to do" accepted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    I'd like to know more from the native speakers how odd/common is the use of the verb "dislike" followed by an infinitive. Apart from the different associated meaning in either case, is that ok to use the structure at all?

    Thanks in advance...
    See your duplicate thread for answers.

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    Re: How to justify 'dislike to'?

    Mehrgan, please try to keep your queries on a topic to one thread - it becomes confusing otherwise.

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    Re: How to justify 'dislike to'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Mehrgan, please try to keep your queries on a topic to one thread - it becomes confusing otherwise.


    Thanks to all senders...

    Dear Anglika, in future I'll try to follow the rules...Sorry anyway for any inconvinience I've made...

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