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Hi. Would someone please help me see which would be natural to say?

[1] I like to see it snow.

[2] I like to see it snowing.

[3] I like seeing it snow.

[4] I like seeing it snowing.

What if 'see/seeing' is changed to 'watch/watching'?

Best,

Hiro
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HSSHi. Would someone please help me see which would be natural to say?

[1] I like to see it snow. ok

[2] I like to see it snowing.

[3] I like seeing it snow. Same

[4] I like seeing it snowing. Same

What if 'see/seeing' is changed to 'watch/watching'?

Best,

Hiro

This is how I would say it:

I like to watch the snow fall from the windows inside a log cabinet with the fireplace set aglow.

I’d like to see snow on this trip because where I come from, it’s hot all year round.


All of them are possible, as given in this pattern.

I like [to see / to watch / seeing / watching] it [snow / snowing].

Too many -ing words can create some awkwardness, however, so combinations like

I like watching it snowing

are not heard as often.

CJ
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Thanks, Goodman. Thanks, CJ.

Logically I think "I like (to see/watch or seeing/watching) it snowing" is more like it, isn't it, because you don't see/watch the whole process of snow falling --- only part of it?

Hiro
Thanks, Goodman. Thanks, CJ.

Logically I think "I like (to see/watch or seeing/watching) it snowing" is more like it, isn't it, because you don't see/watch the whole process of snow falling --- only part of it?

Hiro
HSSLogically I think "I like (to see/watch or seeing/watching) it snowing" is more like it, isn't it, because you don't see/watch the whole process of snow falling --- only part of it?Hmm, good point. I guess you are right. Let's hear from a native though Emotion: smile

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It's debatable whether watching it snow is really watching the whole process!

If it snows from 3pm to 8pm, I can watch only from 4:10 to 4:20. Then, at 4:18, say,

-- What are you doing at the window, Jim?
-- Watching it snow.
-- Do you like that?
-- Yes. I like watching it snow.

I think we say snow instead of snowing most of the time, without any regard to the niceties of logic regarding the whole process!

CJ