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  1. #1
    bibten is offline Newbie
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    What's the difference between...?

    Hi, here is my question:
    What's the difference of meaning, for example, between:

    "I like to go to the cinema" and "I like going to the cinema"

    So, when do we use "like+to" or "like+ing form"

    Thanks in advance!

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    drake73 is offline Newbie
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    Re: What's the difference between...?

    I think there is no difference. There are some verbs that accept both conjugations, and "like" is one of them. Of course, there are permanent expressions such as "would like TO".

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: What's the difference between...?

    In British English, there can sometimes be a distinction; the gerund is used for a general statement and the infinitive can be used for a restricted statement:
    I like reading. (general statement)
    I like to read before I go to bed. (I don't necessarily like reading at other times)

    I believe that this distinction is not made in American English.

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