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    Question like + to or -ing

    Hi,

    is there any difference between saying I like/love singing and I like/love to sing.

    Grammar books I've checked say only -ing is correct, however I've heard the combination with to- infinitive quite often, and I can't work out what the difference is.

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    Re: like + to or -ing

    They mean the same to me.

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    Re: like + to or -ing

    Thank you Rover!

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    Re: like + to or -ing

    In BrE, we sometimes use the infinitive form when the love/like is restricted to certain times or circumstances: I normally hate singing, but I love to sing in the bath.

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    Re: like + to or -ing

    Quote Originally Posted by ophiuchus View Post
    Hi,

    is there any difference between saying I like/love singing and I like/love to sing.

    Grammar books I've checked say only -ing is correct, however I've heard the combination with to- infinitive quite often, and I can't work out what the difference is.

    Thanks

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) Some authorities (such as Professors D. Bolinger and N.V. So)

    feel that there is a slight nuance.

    (a) I like to sing. = rather remote, objective; in general.

    (b) I like singing. = more immediate, more vivid.

    In other words, some native speakers feel that the gerund shows

    more emotion and enthusiasm.

    For example, you meet someone on the street whom you have not

    seen for five years. She was not one of your best friends. After 15

    minutes of small talk, you say:

    Well, it was nice to see you. Goodbye.

    Now contrast this if you had run into your best friend from the

    "old days":

    OMG! I can't believe it. It was great seeing you again. I'm going to call you tomorrow so that we can meet for lunch. OMG!!!

    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: like + to or -ing

    Hi,

    thank you for these explanations. I'll try to bear them in mind, though my guess is - judging by your use of 'we sometimes use' or 'nuances' - that it is no big mistake to use either one in any case. I hope that's the case!!

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