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    Smile like +ing and like +to

    Could you, please, discriminate between the shades of meaning of the two sentences below:

    1. What do you like to do in your free time?
    2. What do you like doing in your free time?

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    Re: like +ing and like +to

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Could you, please, discriminate between the shades of meaning of the two sentences below:

    1. What do you like to do in your free time? more specific, what do you like to do on Sunday mornings?
    2. What do you like doing in your free time?more common, what do you like doing, in general.
    I like to ski= I like watching this sport on TV and I do this sport actively.
    I like skiing= I enjoy watching it on TV only.

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    Re: like +ing and like +to

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Could you, please, discriminate between the shades of meaning of the two sentences below:

    1. What do you like to do in your free time?
    2. What do you like doing in your free time?
    To my mind there is no difference between these sentences. Maybe a slight one. See below.

    In general, like + ing and like + to are interchangeable when you talk about repeated actions.

    If you want to be more specific, you would prefer the first sentence (infinive), such as

    What do you like to do in your free time with your friends? (expressing a particular situation)

    By using the gerund, you express a generality.

    Either gerund and infinitive can express a routine. The infinitive is preferable for specific situations.


    However, when it comes to a situation that already exists or existed, we use -ing.

    Do you like being a secretary? (you are a secretary)

    The same goes for love and hate.
    Last edited by Snowcake; 10-Apr-2008 at 17:06.

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    Re: like +ing and like +to

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    To my mind there is no difference between these sentences. Maybe a slight one.

    like + ing and like + to are interchangeable when you talk about repeated actions.

    However, when it comes to a situation that already exists or existed, we use -ing.

    Do you like being a secretary? (you are a secretary)

    The same goes for love and hate.
    Hi Snowcake
    How about:
    I hate to disagree" and
    "I hate disagreeing"?

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    Re: like +ing and like +to

    Hi banderas,

    I was waiting for you to challenge me, because I know you like to challenge people when it comes to point out the specifics of grammar.

    I have already edited my first post. We must have written at the same time.

    Good to read you.

    Snowcake


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    Re: like +ing and like +to

    I have something for you guyz.



    I use (ed) to wear like this in my colledge.

    I use (ed) wearing like this.

    please tell me if verb is in past tense what would be the meaning of ing sentence.?

    thanks and appreciated.!

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