I have always thought that like should be followed by an -ing form. But I saw a sentence two days ago which said - I like to write. So my question is what the difference between this and I like writing is. Can somebody please tell me? I have checked it in my dictionary but there was nothing but this sentence- I don't like to disturb you. I don't really get the difference.
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KatarinkaI have always thought that like should be followed by an -ing form. But I saw a sentence two days ago which said - I like to write. So my question is what the difference between this and I like writing is. Can somebody please tell me? I have checked it in my dictionary but there was nothing but this sentence- I don't like to disturb you. I don't really get the difference.
I like to write. I like writing.

I like to sing. I like singing.

I like to swim. I like swimming.

There's no difference in all the pairs of sentences.
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thanks. not sure why I thought there should be an -ing form after like. Thanks anyway.
Anonymous:
Can anyone shed some more light on 'I like to/-ing' cause I've been taught a rule that suggests that after verbs talking about feelings (love, like, hate, etc) we need a noun or gerund form. Where does the rule come from if there is such a rule? Personally, both forms seem to work:

I like writing /(the activity)
I like to write /(to perform the activity)
They are both okay.
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I read somewhere that we can use I like to... to say that you prefer to do something because it is convenient, e.g. I like to do the washing up immediately after my meals.' In this case you couldn't use I like -ing with that meaning. If you say 'I like doing the washing up ....' it means that that activity gives you pleasure.

We may prefer like -ing when you enjoy something. 'I like going to the beach in Summer.'

However, it is true that when it comes to saying what you enjoy doing the two forms are acceptable.
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Anonymous:
Thank you very much for your answers.
The fact that both are ok makes sense so I suppose there's no formal rule that suggests the use of gerund form. It's a bit frustrating cause I've been taught by 4 teachers and each of them claimed that putting 'to infinitive' after "I like" is a mistake....where does it come frorm is a mystery to me Emotion: wink
Hi,
Sometimes teachers do that because they want their students to master a given structure before they are taught the 'exceptions'

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