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I found the following sentence on a TV series.


I like being at the big house.


Despite the simple meaning, I cannot understand the difference between the above sentence and the following sentence. (Please note that the second one has been written by me). Therefore, I would be really grateful, if someone could let me know what is the difference between these two sentences if there are any.


I like to be at the big house.



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dileepaI like being at the big house.

The speaker is inside the house and enjoying the ambiance.

dileepaI like to be at the big house.

It should be:

I'd like to be at the big house.

The speaker is not at the big house but wants to be there.

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dileepaI like being at the big house.

Like 'staying', 'being' here indicates the passage of a certain amount of time. This is like saying It's pleasant to spend time at the big house.

dileepaI like to be at the big house.

This seems incomplete to my ear. I imagine it in a longer sentences like

I like to be at the big house when the children come home from school.
I like to be at the big house near the lake during the summer.
I like to be at the big house when there's lightning and thunder.

The version with 'to be' could be said to mean the same as the version with 'being', but it doesn't have the same feel of "spending time". It focuses more on a certain point in time than on a period of time.

Opinions may vary.

CJ

(x-post: I spent so long thinking about it that A.S. had already posted something before I finished.)

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