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    two different interpretations of "like"

    Dear teachers,

    I know the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences but I’m not in position to express them in my post because a quarrelsome self-proclaimed guardian of the intellectual-property will blame me again for plagiarism so he will find them in any Dictionary inevitably.

    Would you explain to me why one and same words have different meaning depending from their different grammar form in the corresponding expression (in the present case Ger. or Inf.).

    My wife likes going barefooted.
    She likes to go to the dentist twice a year.

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: two different interpretations of "like"

    1. Michael Swan in his Practical English Grammar (3rd edn., 2005, OUP) suggest that like + gerund is used for enjoying activities in general, while like + to-infinitive is used for choices and habits. This would seem to cover your two examples.

    Swan also suggests that not like to can mean 'think it better not to'.

    2. You refer in your post to a a quarrelsome self-proclaimed guardian of the intellectual-property. This person may or may not be quarrelsome, but he can only be a self-proclaimed guardian if he has publicly announced that he is a guardian, which he has not. Probably 'self-appointed' is closer to what you want to say. Intellectual property is not hyphenated.

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