When the verb 'like' mean "enjoy", what is the difference in meaning in the following sentences?
I like cooking.
I like to cook.
I like to watch children play.
I like watching children play.
Thank you very much.
Let me try. But if I am wrong, please correct me.
In general, I don't think there is much difference, but if one wants to know the difference, then I think, the difference lies in the difference between infinitive and gerand. To me, to like tends to emphaisze one time future action instead of repeated action, as, in general, infinitive always indicates future. If I say I like to cook, I may be talking about one particular event. But if I say I like cooking, I probably want to tell people that cooking is my hobby. Please correct me if I am wrong.