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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Help with Gerund & Infinitves, please    

Help with Gerund & Infinitves, please



Fezinho
Portugal

Help with Gerund & Infinitves, please
 
Hi all,
I ll be teaching Gerunds & Infinitives next Friday and so I have a question: Is there a difference in meaning when you say "I like fishing" vs "I like to fish"??? Is there any worksheet or powerpoint dealing with the subtlety of verbs like "continue", "like", "start" etc, which take both the TO-INFINITIVE or GERUND??? I m all messed up. Thanks in advance

16 Feb 2011      



martinasvabova
Czech Republic

I can remember a discussion on this topic here some time ago.
Id say I like playing tennis. I like to play tennis on Sunday mornings.

16 Feb 2011     



Fezinho
Portugal

TY all
some sites say there s no difference though...

16 Feb 2011     



kodora
Greece

Check your PM

16 Feb 2011     



havpa
Portugal

There are verbs that only take the gerund, others only take the infinitive and some like "like", "love"...can take both forms (no difference in meaning)

16 Feb 2011     



Minka
Slovenia

Pupils may be confused if they hear sentences like "I like to fish" on TV. It s American.


In most cases you use gerund where you could easily use a noun.

I like chocolate. I like fishing.
He started school.  He started smoking.

It actually works as a noun.

16 Feb 2011     



anareb
Spain

Like + gerund means you enjoy doing something, for example
   " I like playing tennis"
Like + infinitive means that you are in the habit of doing something, for example
   "I like to go to the dentist once every six months", means you usually do it this way,
( nobody actually enjoys going to the dentist, do they?).
Would you like always takes infinitive.Hope Ive been helpful. Hugs. Ana.

16 Feb 2011     



virgimb
Spain

Anareb, I think your second example should be "I like to go to the dentist once every six months" in order to make it clear, doesn t it?
 
I think your explanations is really clear :) Thank you!

16 Feb 2011     



anareb
Spain

Thanks Virgimb, Ive already corrected it, what an awful mistake. Thanks again. Hugs Ana. 

17 Feb 2011     



Mar0919
Mexico

Hello, Fezinho. I would explain it like this:
 
I like fishing = expresses that I like the "hobby" or sport?
 
I like to go fishing = expresses I like to GO and perform the action.
 
Does this sound coherent?
 
 
 
Hugs!
 
Mar

17 Feb 2011     



Minka
Slovenia

Sorry, but I think quite a few explanations here are nonsense.

I think you d better check a good grammar book or a tutorial 





17 Feb 2011