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Hi,

This really troubles me. Please refer to the sentences.

1) I like eating ice cream.

2) I like to eat ice cream.

Some of the web sites that I have been to suggest no difference in meaning, however I was told that using a gerund as the direct object of the verb 'like' denotes a habitual action.

What if I like to eat ice cream but I don't do it as often as possible...?

I know that using a gerund after 'like' tells us that we are talking about an actual event not necessarily hobbies, whereas an infinitive tells potential events.

Help please...
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The comments that you have received (-ing is habitual, -ing is actual, to is potential) are a generally accurate observation. In individual cases, however, they do not necessarily hold true, and yours is a case in point-- I like eating ice cream and I like to eat ice cream, devoid as they are of fuller context (that is, while sitting here at my computer reading your post and with the nearest ice cream a couple of blocks away at the convenience store), have the same meaning to my mind.
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thanks a lot.

now i feel like having a cone myself.