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    "I like to"???

    Hi everyone,

    I was pondering wether or not we could say and write :

    I like to travel.
    or
    I like to cook.

    And if both are acceptable, what is the difference of meaning/use if any with :

    I like travelling and I like writing.

    Mehdi

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    Re: "I like to"???

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdi.m View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I was pondering wether or not we could say and write :

    I like to travel.
    or
    I like to cook.

    And if both are acceptable, what is the difference of meaning/use if any with :

    I like travelling and I like writing.

    Mehdi
    Hi Mehdi
    Both are acceptable.
    I like to do sth or doing sth.
    I don't see any meaning difference.
    Regards.
    S.M.

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    Re: "I like to"???

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdi.m View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I was pondering wether or not we could say and write :

    I like to travel.
    or
    I like to cook.

    And if both are acceptable, what is the difference of meaning/use if any with :

    I like travelling and I like writing.

    Mehdi
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Mehdi.

    (1) Great question!!!

    (2) According to two grammar experts (Mesdames Celce-Murcia and

    Larsen-Freeman), there MAY be a difference.

    (3) "I like traveling" MAY be "more immediate, more vivid."

    "I like to travel" MAY be "more remote, more objective."

    (4) For example: You meet a friend on the street. You have

    not seen him for two years. You talk for 15 minutes. Then you

    say: (a) It was really nice SEEING you!!! Let's get together soon.

    or

    (b) It was nice TO SEE you. Goodbye.

    Some people would say both are the same; some MIGHT say that (a)

    is more emotional and friendly.

    Have a nice day!

    ***** The nice to see/ seeing sentences were only my examples. They

    were NOT from any experts.


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    Re: "I like to"???

    I see.

    I think I get it :)

    Thanks.

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