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    Cool like/ dislike

    When I "like" a "verb", my choices are the gerrund or the infinitive form (i.e.- I like swimming/ I like to swim ). Are my choices the same for "dislike"? ( It may be just a personal preference but I rarely say: "I dislike to swim." - "I hate to swim", sure.) Is it just me, or .........

    Thanks for your input

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    Re: like/ dislike

    Interesting. When i say I like spaghetti it means Iike the taste of spaghetti. When I say I like playing basketball it means I enjoy the activity. You can certainly say either that you like swimming or that you don't like swimming. You can say it the other way too.

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    Re: like/ dislike

    There's often a difference between 'dislike' and 'don't like'.

    'I don't like to swim after a heavy meal' is OK and so is 'I don't like swimming after a heavy meal', but only the second can take 'dislike', IMO.

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    Re: like/ dislike

    So.......it's not just me, but is there any "grammar rule" involved? / Would "I dislike to swim after a heavy meal" be incorrct?

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    Re: like/ dislike

    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    So (no dots required here) it's not just me, but is there any "grammar rule" involved? (No slash required here) Would "I dislike to swim after a heavy meal" be incorrect?
    Yes, in BrE at least, "I dislike to swim" is incorrect.

    I like to swim.
    I like swimming.
    I dislike to swim.
    I dislike swimming.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: like/ dislike

    Sorry for the typo, I've got a "tweaky" keyboard (e & t). So it is a rule and not just speech preference? I do AmE.

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    #7

    Re: like/ dislike

    "I dislike to <verb>" is incorrect. To me, that's a rule.

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