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    Hi! ^^

    I saw An English teacher teach the following two sentences.
    He thinks the meaning of one sentence is different from the other.
    I don't agree with him. Who is right?

    I like to eat out.
    I like eating out.

    I hate to sing in public.
    I hate singing in public.

    Thank you so much in advance. ^^

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    Re: like to , like ~ing

    Hello brightsun17

    First, could you tell us why you disagree?

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    Re: like to , like ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hello brightsun17

    First, could you tell us why you disagree?
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    Hi! Soup! Thank you so much for your answering.

    In fact, I don't know if there is difference between two sentences.

    I just guessed there was no difference.

    I am learning English as a foreign language.

    I wonder if there is a difference between two sentences.

    Would you tell me the difference?

    1. I like to eat out.
    2. I like eating out.

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    Re: like to , like ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by brightsun17 View Post
    I wonder if there is a difference between two sentences.

    Would you tell me the difference?

    1. I like to eat out.
    2. I like eating out.
    Hi brightsun17

    There is a slight difference, yes, and here's why examples 1. and 2. appear to express the same meaning.

    The infinitive is often used for specific statements:

    Sam: Do you always make your own meals?
    Max: No, not always. I like to eat out if I have the cash.

    Above, Max qualifies the infinitive to eat out with specific information if I have the cash, but Max needn't always qualify the infinitive. Below, Max leaves out the qualification on the weekends because it is redundant information:

    Sam: What do you do on the weekends?
    Max: I like to eat out (on the weekends).

    Max's reply is simple: I like to eat out with the qualification on the weekends omitted but understood by both speakers, and it is in those kinds of environments, environments in which the speaker leaves out the qualification or the specific information that infinitives and gerunds appear to merge in meaning:


    1. I like to eat out (on weekends). <a general statement implying specific information>
    2. I like eating out. <a general statement>


    So, as you can see, there is a slight difference in meaning between the infinitive and the gerund when they function as the object of the verbs like and love. The infinitive is used with specific information.

    Hope that helps some.

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