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    Two rulls that contradict each other

    Hello

    There are two rules:
    1. We do not use 'like' in '-ing' form
    2. We use '-ing' form after particular verbs such as: stop, admit, postpone, deny

    Which rule is stronger when they both come to action?

    1. In time I stopped to like German language.
    2. In time I stopped liking German language.


    Which sentence is correct?

    Thanks

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    When I want to say that I didn't like sth at the beginning and after same time I began to like it, can I say: I didn't like that, but with time I took to that

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    Quote Originally Posted by Birne View Post
    Hello

    There are two rules:
    1. We do not use 'like' in '-ing' form
    2. We use '-ing' form after particular verbs such as: stop, admit, postpone, deny

    Which rule is stronger when they both come to action?

    1. In time I stopped to like German language.
    2. In time I stopped liking German language.


    Which sentence is correct?

    Thanks

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    When I want to say that I didn't like sth at the beginning and after same time I began to like it, can I say: I didn't like that, but with time I took to that
    The simple fact is that your "rule" number 1 is incorrect. Most variants don't tend to use it in the continuous, ie we don't say "I am/was liking French food" (note that in Indian English "I am liking" is perfectly acceptable). However, in the example you gave, it works exactly the same way as any other verb after "I stopped".

    Last year, I stopped reading Stephen King novels.
    Last week, I stopped going to the gym so regularly.
    Last month, I stopped smoking.
    Last month, I stopped liking ice cream as much as I had previously.

    "In time I stopped to like German" is incorrect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    Quote Originally Posted by Birne View Post
    1. We do not use 'like' in '-ing' form
    I have just taken up jogging. Rather to my surprise, I'm liking it.

    That's fine.

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I have just taken up jogging. Rather to my surprise, I'm liking it.

    That's fine.
    Great example. Note that in my post, I did say "we don't tend to use it in the continuous".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Great example. Note that in my post, I did say "we don't tend to use it in the continuous".
    I agree.

    The OP's rule, however, is not absolute.

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    Thank you for your answer. Could you also look at this issue:

    1. In time I started liking it
    2. In time I started to like it.

    I think both are correct because we can use infinitive with to or -ing after start. Am I correct?

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    I am liking it seems to me not grammatical. If you had in a test with a gap:

    I ..................... (like) it. --> liking seems not official and not grammatical as it is a state verb

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    Quote Originally Posted by Birne View Post
    Thank you for your answer. Could you also look at this issue:

    1. In time I started liking it
    2. In time I started to like it.

    I think both are correct because we can use infinitive with to or -ing after start. Am I correct?
    Yes

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    I am liking it seems to me not grammatical. If you had in a test with a gap:

    I ..................... (like) it. --> liking seems not official and not grammatical as it is a state verb
    LIKE is used much more commonly dynamically than statively, but it can be, and is, used statively. Any test writer who gave such a gap-fill sentence with no further context and insisted that only the present simple was correct would be being (continuous!) unfair to the learners.

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    thanks but what about my sentences with start verb, are both correct?

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    Quote Originally Posted by Birne View Post
    thanks but what about my sentences with start verb, are both correct?
    I said they were in my last post.

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    Re: Two rulls that contradict each other

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The OP's rule, however, is not absolute.
    It's interesting that we were talking about "absolutely" the other day. I'm wondering what is not absolute about "We do not use X". To me, that's as absolute as it comes. Naturally, it could be garnished with adverbials - "We never use X; We absolutely don't use X; No one in history has ever used X." But on it's own, it's still a simple absolute sentence.

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