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    Thumbs down infinitive vs gerund

    hi.what is the difference between these sentences?
    do you like to swim?
    do you like swimming?

    i stopped to swim.
    i stopped swimming.

    i hate to swim.
    i hate swimming.

    i've started to swim.
    i've started swimming.

    and is there any rule for verbs like these that can be followed by both infinitve and gerund?


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    Re: infinitive vs gerund

    1 Like to do- in British English, we use this for a restricted pleasure- I like to swim in the sea, while we use the gerund for general pleasure- I like swimming. In American English, I believe there is less difference. (Hate would folow this pattern)
    2 Stop
    I stopped swimming = no more swimming
    I stopped to swim- I stop one thing in order to swim

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