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To like doing/ to like to do // I would like to do
The verb To LIKE is expressing sentiments, as well as DISLIKE, LOVE, HATE, PREFER. Those verbs of feelings, are never used in the –ing form. They're employed very frequently, but the constructions of those forms are often the source of problems and hesitations for learners.
= 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 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.
i"M'am, I can't feel anything!" ) what you mean in order to make a clear distinction between the different meanings and nuances.
irst and foremost, across the Atlantic, in the United States, the two forms are used indifferently, and in any socio-cultural bacground.
in Great Britain, though there are, in theory, distinctions between the two forms:
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)
The anticipation of the future is here clearly expressed. "To like", the FULL INFINITIVE FORM is the only possible construction behind WOULD.
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