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Hate, Like, Love or Prefer
Hate, like, love and prefer
Hate, like, love and prefer can be used with an -ing form or with a to infinitive.
-I hate to see pets in the kitchen.
-I love going to the races.
-I prefer not to wear my good shoes when training.
In American English, the forms with to infinitive are much more common than the -ing form.
There is a very small difference in meaning between the two forms. The -ing form emphasises the action or experience.
The to infinitive gives more emphasis to the results of the action or event.
The -ing form is often used to suggest enjoyment (or lack of it), and the to infinitive form to express habits or preferences.
Emphasis on the experience/action.
-I like framing pictures.
-She likes playing cards.
-They don't like going out to eat.
Habit or preference.
-I like to make jam every year.
-I prefer to have bread and coffee for breakfast.
-If you prefer not to go by car, we can go by bus.
The -ing form is more common than the to infinitive form after hate and love.
-I hate painting, I'd rather pay a painter to do it.
Would + hate, like, love, prefer.
When would or "d" is used with hate, like, love, prefer, the to infinitive and not the -ing form is used.
-They would love to hear you play the piano. Not: They would love hearing you play ...
-I'd hate to make you sad. Not: I'd hate making you sad.
-I'd prefer to deal with the situation. Not: I'd prefer dealing ....
Hope this helps.
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