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Q: What do you like to do?

a, I like to listen to music.
a-1, I want to listen to music.

but
I like to bike riding.
(Why can't we use 'I like to ride a bike'?)
When can I add 'ing' ?



thank you. :-D
 

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blue said:
I like to bike riding. (Why can't we use 'I like to ride a bike'?) When can I add 'ing'?
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Q: What do you like to do?
A: I like to_______. (Fill in the blank with a base verb like, do)

EX: I like to play the piano.
EX: I like to cycle.
EX: I like to bike riding. (Not OK)

'bike' is not a verb in that sentence. It's an adjective. 'riding' is the verb, but it ends in -ing, so it isn't a base verb. It should be 'ride'.

EX: I like to ride my bike.

like
Q: What do you like doing?
A: I like _________. (Fill in the blank with a gerund, an -ing word)

EX: I like playing the piano.
EX: I like cycling.
EX: I like riding.

Also, if the question has 'like to', the answer doesn't have to be 'like to'. It can be 'like -ing'. Both are OK:

Q: What do you like to do?
A: I like to cycle. (OK)
A: I like cycling. (OK)

Q: What do you like doing?
A: I like cycling. (OK)
A: I like to cycle. (OK)
 
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