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    #1

    I like (to stay/staying) in bed late on Sundays.

    Is there any difference?
    1. I like to stay in bed late on Sundays.
    2. I like staying in bed late on Sundays.

    In number 1 we can say that the person often stays in bed late on Sundays, it's a kind of habbit.
    OR it can mean he/she "enjoys" staying in bed late, because he/she feels relaxed when he/she has a lie-in on Sundays.

    In number 2 we can say that the person really enjoys staying in bed, he/she feels relaxed when he/she has a lie-in on Sundays.

    When the meaning is "to enjoy", we can add an intensifier "really" to both sentences:
    1. I really like to stay in bed late on Sundays.
    2. I really like staying in bed late on Sundays.

    Is my explanation correct?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 31-May-2015 at 16:35.
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    #2

    Re: I like (to stay/staying) in bed late on Sundays.

    All four of your sentences are grammatically correct and, for me, mean the same thing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I like (to stay/staying) in bed late on Sundays.

    I agree with ems that all four sentences have basically the same meaning, but "really" in the second set intensifies the feeling.

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    #4

    Re: I like (to stay/staying) in bed late on Sundays.

    With some of these verbs which can take both the gerund and the infinitive, the gerund tends to suggest real or experienced activities, while the infinitive refers to potential or possible activities. This difference is pretty small, and can often be used interchangeably as in your examples.

    Sometimes, though, that difference is enough that they're not interchangeable.
    My German cousin likes to visit the US. (He enjoys the option to visit the US any time he can)
    My German cousin likes visiting the US. (He's currently visiting in the US, and enjoys it).

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    #5

    Re: I like (to stay/staying) in bed late on Sundays.

    >>>My German cousin likes visiting the US. (He's currently visiting in the US, and enjoys it).<<<

    I don't think there is enough evidence there that he us currently in the US.

    I might say "I like playing hockey without being on the ice".

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    #6

    Re: I like (to stay/staying) in bed late on Sundays.

    I agree with Mike. If you want to say that he is currently in the US and enjoying it, say "My German cousin is enjoying his visit to the US."

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    #7

    Re: I like (to stay/staying) in bed late on Sundays.

    What about "I like to go to the dentist twice a year"? In grammar books they say it doesn't mean that the person really enjoys visiting the dentist, he just chooses to do it because he cares about his health.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #8

    Re: I like (to stay/staying) in bed late on Sundays.

    That's fine. The grammar books are right.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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