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    Question What is the difference between the following two sentences?

    Hello respected teachers.
    What do you think the difference between the following sentences is?
    1. I like to play soccer.
    2. I like playing soccer.

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    Re: What is the difference between the following two sentences?

    One has the infinitive; the second uses the gerund instead. I see no significant difference in meaning.

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    Question Re: What is the difference between the following two sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    One has the infinitive; the second uses the gerund instead. I see no significant difference in meaning.
    I know the structure of the sentences that use infinitive and gerund, but i confuse seeing difference between them.
    The first sentence shows habit and the second shows enjoyment in British English. I am not sure.

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    Re: What is the difference between the following two sentences?

    Okay, you may think of them in this way:

    1. I like playing soccer (though I seldom do).

    2. I like playing soccer (being involved in soccer in general).

    However, the Brits would never use the name soccer, which is less correctly descriptive than the world-wide term football.

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    Re: What is the difference between the following two sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikramullah View Post
    Hello respected teachers.
    What do you think the difference between the following sentences is?
    1. I like to play soccer.
    2. I like playing soccer.
    Students are often confused about this. When should I use infinitives? When should I use gerunds? There are some situations when BOTH an infinitive and gerund can be used with no change in meaning. For example,

    The children like to go to the zoo.
    The children like going to the zoo.


    These two sentences have the same meaning.
    For some other verbs, there is a difference in meaning: See examples here.


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