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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #114728: I like / I would like to
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    I like / I would like to



    The verb To LIKE expresses sentiments, as well as DISLIKE, LOVE, HATE, PREFER, - verbs of feelings too; they're never built in the –ing form. They're used very frequently, but the constructions of those forms are often the source of problems, hesitations, and even mistakes ! .


    1) TO LIKE = is a regular verb and is most often followed by an –ing form, but it may also be followed by a FULL INFINITIVE.  
    - I like getting up early, but I also like to get up later at weekends.

    ** For «Beginners», we may rightfully consider that these two forms can be used indifferently.  

    -  I like singing and dancing with my friends; I like talking and hanging around with them, too...

    = I like to sing and dance with my friends; I like to talk and hang around with them too...


    REMINDER! A verb ending with the following pattern: "consonant + vowel + consonant", must double the final consonant: -get => getting; run = running; BUT eat=> eating. 

    ** For higher levels of the language, you may refer to test in order to make a clear distinction between the different meanings and nuances. 


    2) On the contrary, in the conditional: YOU MUSTN'T HESITATE: 'like' is always followed by the INFINITIVE: I WOULD LIKE TO. It's the only possible form.

    - He would like to create his company with his friends as partners... (= Present of the conditional)

    - We would have liked to meet her before the party, but couldn't.  (= past conditional)

    The anticipation of the future is here clearly expressed. "To like", the FULL INFINITIVE FORM is the only possible construction behind WOULD.

    In the following test, you will have to choose between several forms corresponding to the different tenses used, consequently, you'll pick the right forms to follow the verb: "to like".

    That's easy, isn't it?  Good luck! 






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    1. As a kid, I really like , counting days for Santa’s arrival.

    2. I love the shop windows which are all decorated and lit up.

    3. As they know that Santa loves quiet and helpful children, every kid is trying to be as good as gold.

    4. I know tomorrow morning I’ll go shopping with Mom. I hate hours in a crowdy shop.

    5. I’d like my Mom my favourite chocolates, but I know she fears for my teeth.

    6. “Would you like with me, or not?” Mom asked me.

    7. Of course, Mom!. I’d like of what you might forget to buy...”

    8. Kids wouldn’t like an empty stocking on Christmas morning.

    9. I like at home and our family on Christmas day.

    10. We play board games and like together.

    11. I’d have liked money to buy a gift for my Mom and Dad.




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