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    #1

    My mom likes to keep/keeping the house clean

    My mom likes ___ the house clean, so she doesn't like us ___ anything in our bedroom.

    (A) to keep; eating

    (B) keeping; eating
    (C) keep; eat
    (D) to keep; to eat

    The
    given answer is (D).

    (From a grammar test)
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    1. I am wondering if
    (B) is also correct.

    2. I think meaning of the 'like' here refers to the following (1a), not (4b).

    What do you think?

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    http://learnersdictionary.com/definition/like

    like

    1 [+ object]
    a : to enjoy (something) : to get pleasure from (something)

    My son likes baseball.
    He likes baseball, but he loves football.
    Do you like Mexican food?

    — often + -ing verb
    I like playing the guitar.
    He doesn't like admitting that he was wrong.

    — often followed by to + verb

    I like to play the guitar.
    He doesn't like to admit that he was wrong.

    b: to regard (something) in a favorable way

    I don't like the idea of leaving my mother alone all week. [=I don't think that it would be a good idea to leave my mother alone all week]

    I wouldn't like it if you got the wrong idea. = I wouldn't like you to get the wrong idea. = (US) I wouldn't like for you to get the wrong idea. [=I don't want you to get the wrong idea]
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    4 [+ object]
    a : to want to have (something) — used with would to make a polite suggestion, offer, or request

    Would you like another cup of coffee?

    “Would anyone like a drink?” “Yes, I'd like one, please.”
    I'd like (a chance) to reply to the last speaker.

    b : to want or prefer to do something

    Would you like to go sailing? [=do you want to go sailing?]
    Despite everything, I (would) still like to think that people are basically good.

    Last edited by kadioguy; 21-Nov-2019 at 14:54. Reason: fixed a unnecessary margin
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #2

    Re: My mom likes to keep/keeping the house clean

    It's not a good question for me- you could answer with a).

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    #3

    Re: My mom likes to keep/keeping the house clean

    The natural answer for me is A, although D is possible too.

    The problem with B, for me, is that "My mom likes keeping the house clean" means "She actively enjoys doing housework", whereas "My mum likes to keep the house clean" means "My mum likes to ensure that the house is clean".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: My mom likes to keep/keeping the house clean

    1) No

    2) The closest there in Webster is 1b.

    The closest here in Oxford is 2.3

    The closest here in Cambridge is A1

    The closest here in Collins is 3.

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