Can we say"dislike to do"? Thanks.
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Hello QingQing

You can say both [1] and [2], but I think rather [1] is more common.
[1] Japanese girls dislike speaking in public.
[2] Japanese girls dislike to speak in public.

Good Morning Paco,

"Dislike" is one of the verb followed by gerund. But I have not come across that "dislike" can be followed by infinitive. I am reading "A Practical English Grammer" by A.J.Thomson & A.V.Martinet - Oxford University Press. Now, I would like to know How certain verbs are declared to be followed by gerund or infinitive?

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Paco - I would say [1] , [3] and [4] sound fine, but [2] sounds strange to me.
[1] Japanese girls dislike speaking in public.
[2] Japanese girls dislike to speak in public.
[3] Japanese girls don't like to speak in public.
[4] Japanese girls hate to speak in public. ("speaking" would also be okay here.)
I don't know why - I can just tell you that [2] doesn't sound like something a native speaker would say.
Hurm...was I wrong?
I consulted the usage of 'dislike' with OED, my E-J, two grammar books and Google before answering. The grammar books and E-J dictionary are saying that 'dislike doing' is much commoner but 'dislike to do' is also possible. OED doesn't say anything about the preference but it gives a quote: "That was a good clear cut. I dislike to see a tree haggled down". Google gives 340 hits for "disliked speaking" and 100 hits for "disliked to speak". I'm wondering if I made any mistake in the study.

Hello Senthilvelann

I recently made a small list of verbs that take a construct in the reply to Eladio's question (Remember-Regret doing something.).

Some English verbs that can take the construct of are as follows;
(1) appreciate/ enjoy/ consider/ fancy/ imagine/ practice/ risk/ understand/
(2) admit/ deny/ ***/ recall/ recollect/ ***/ remember
(3) avoid/ can't help/ escape/ evade/ miss/ resist/ mind/
(4) ***/ ***/ delay/ give up/ finish/ leave off/ postpone/ put off/ start(*)/ stop/
(5) advise/ allow/ permit/ prohibit/ recommend/ suggest
(6) ***/ ***/ ***/ ***/ ***
(7) ***/ ***/ ***/ ***/ ***/ ***/
(8) ***/ ***/ ***/ ***/
(9) ***/ ***/ ***/
The mark * implies that the verb so marked can take also a construct of .

As for the verbs that take the construct only, I didn't list them up. I'm afraid there are too many to list them all.

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Thanks Paco,

My question is, On what basis these verbs are grouped?

i.e. Verbs followed by Gerund, Infinitive and Both.


I made the list by referring a grammar book "A New Guide to English Grammar" written in Japanese by Dr Egawa. The description about verb-gerund-infinitive relations in the book seems to be based principally on Quirk's CGEL(1985), Wood's CEU(1981), Fowler's MEU(1965), and LDCE(1987). The book gives an example for 'dislike' : "Any boss worth his salt will dislike /to have/having/ yes-men around him."

Hi, guy. I remembered that one of my high school teachers seemed to have told us that dislike/like to do sth. is for the time of speaking only whilst dislike/like doing means the subject matter in question is usually or customarily disliked/liked. so in the case of Janpanese girl....., i think the latter fits better:)
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