like +ing and like +to

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snade17

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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?
 

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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? 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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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.
 
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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:-D
How about:
I hate to disagree" and
"I hate disagreeing"?
 

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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. :-D ;-)

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

Good to read you.

Snowcake
 

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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.!:up:
 
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