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    Lightbulb query

    Hello I'm not a teacher ,and i want to ask two questions:
    What is the difference between these two sentences?
    She went on to talk about her illness.
    She went on talking about her illness.

    Q2:what is the difference between these two sentences?
    I like to clean my bedroom.
    I like cleaning my bedroom.

    I will appreciate it if somebody replied:

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    Re: query

    After explaining what she did all day yesterday, she went on to talk about her illness. And talk she did! She wouldn't stop! She went on talking about her illness for another hour and a half!

    In the first instance, she started to talk; in the second, she continued.

    I like to clean my bedroom whenever I have friends sleep over. It just seems more welcoming. I like cleaning my bedroom in the spring, especially, because then I can open the window and hang my duvet out to air. Well, actually, I lie, because in fact, I don't like cleaning my bedroom at all, but it has to be done!

    The first refers to the fact that she likes to make a good impression, and cleaning the bedroom is just a necessary part of that process. It does not suggest she enjoys the cleaning process itself. The second example ALMOST admits she likes to dust and clean, in the spring at least. The third corrects that presumption. She doesn't enjoy the act of cleaning at all, but, hey, if it's gotta be done, it's gotta be done. And if you're only going to do it once a year, in the spring is best.

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