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    gerund and infinitive

    May I know the different situations in using gerund and infinitive?

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    I like swimming.
    I like to swim.

    Are the above sentences the same?
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    Re: gerund and infinitive

    If I said. I like swimming. I could of meant, I like to watch people swimming, I like to swim, I like the idea of swimming.
    If I said. I like to swim, it would mean that I enjoy the activity, swimming.

    I'm not a teacher, and that's just a wild guess, if anyone would like to clarify.
    Last edited by HugoJ; 06-May-2014 at 23:31.

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    Re: gerund and infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by HugoJ View Post
    ... I could have meant ...

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    Re: gerund and infinitive

    Ju, there is a lot of information here: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/gerunds.htm

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    Re: gerund and infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by HugoJ View Post
    ...I like to watch people swimming.
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    Re: gerund and infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by HugoJ View Post
    If I said. I like swimming. I could of meant, I like to watch people swimming, I like to swim, I like the idea of swimming.
    If I said. I like to swim, it would mean that I enjoy the activity, swimming.

    I'm not a teacher, and that's just a wild guess, if anyone would like to clarify.
    In BrE, when we use the gerund with like, we are talking in general- I like swimming (in general). We use the infinitive when the activity is restricted in some way- I like to swim when I am in a hotel with an indoor pool (on these occasions, not in general).

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