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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?
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.
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.
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.!