What is the difference between these sentences?

Do you like to watch TV?

Do you like watching TV?

Do you like hitting people?

DO you like to hit people ?

5 Answers

  • The verb LIKE can be followed by either an infinitive (to—) or a gerund (—+ing). The meaning is the same.

  • As far as I can see they are all different ways of saying something.

  • All saying the same thing but saying it differently.

  • No difference. Some verbs can be followed by either the infinitive or the present participle without a change in meaning. “Like” is one of those verbs.

    Others can only be followed by the infinitive or the present participle:

    He wants to watch TV.

    Others change meaning:

    He stopped watching TV. (he is no longer watching tv)

    He stopped to watch TV (he stopped some other activity and started watching TV. )

  • There’s no difference between the first two.

    There’s no difference between the second two.

    They are alternative ways of saying the same thing.

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