Like to vs like

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ramanji

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Which of the following sentences is correct?

I like to stick to my goals.

I like sticking to my goals.
 

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In sentence #1, to stick to my goals is an infinitive phrase introduced by to stick.
In sentence #2, sticking to my goals is a participial phrase introduced by the participle sticking.
They are both correct.
 

riverkid

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Do they differ in meaning in any way?

As Anglika noted, the meanings are the same. The late, great linguist, Dwight Bolinger proposed that the infinitive denotes a more distant, a "not at the present moment realized" action while the 'ing' form had a tendency to be used more in the moment of the action.

I like camping - said while camping

I like to camp - said while not camping

I think that measured for overall frequency, this idea may have some merit but it must be noted that we aren't in any way prohibited/prevented from using either form at any particular time. Mr Bolinger mentioned that too. I don't know of any studies that have tested this hypothesis.
 
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