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    #1

    I like (it)

    Hello,
    I don't know if I should use the it here:
    I like it when you sing.

    To me it sounds like: it = when you sing.
    I like when you sing.
    I like it.

    (But just "I like" sounds strange, though.)

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: I like (it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I don't know if I should use the it here:
    I like it when you sing.

    To me it sounds like: it = when you sing.
    I like when you sing.
    I like it.

    (But just "I like" sounds strange, though.)

    Cheers!
    I like it when you sing.
    This is better.

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    #3

    Re: I like (it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I don't know if I should use the it here:
    I like it when you sing.

    To me it sounds like: it = when you sing.
    I like when you sing.

    To me, their meanings are not the same.

    I like it when you sing.
    ------------------------
    I normally don't like this song, but I like it when you sing.

    it=this song

    I like when you sing.
    -------------------------
    I like your singing. (It feels good to me)
    or
    I'm happy to see you this cheerful.



    Am I right to think the way I've explained above?

    Thanks in advance for your further comments!




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    #4

    Re: I like (it)

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    To me, their meanings are not the same.

    I like it when you sing.
    ------------------------
    I normally don't like this song, but I like it when you sing.

    it=this song

    I like when you sing.
    -------------------------
    I like your singing. (It feels good to me)
    or
    I'm happy to see you this cheerful.


    Am I right to think the way I've explained above?

    Thanks in advance for your further comments!


    I think with no previous context 'I like it when you sing' would refer to person's singing rather than the song. It = when you sing.

    But when used in another context, I think your interepretation would be sound, for example:
    -Do you like this song?
    -No, not really. But I somewhat like it when you sing it. (redundant, yes, but I feel that if I leave out the second 'it' here, the meaning will be lost). Here: It = song.

    'I like when you sing' -- would anyone actually say that?

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