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like to watch vs. like watching #1 (permalink) Sun Oct 17, 2010 16:34 pm   like to watch vs. like watching
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #164 "Grammar Crunch (3)", question 5

I like ......... movies on the weekends.

(a) watch
(b) watching
(c) watched
(d) watches

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #164 "Grammar Crunch (3)", answer 5

I like watching movies on the weekends.

Correct answer: (b) watching

Your answer was: incorrect
I like watch movies on the weekends.
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Hi. My Question is: Why is Watching and not is Watch? Maybe Because is a adverb? Please Help me. Thanks in advance
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like to watch vs. like watching #2 (permalink) Sun Oct 17, 2010 16:45 pm   like to watch vs. like watching
 

I like watching movies.
I like to watch movies.
... but not 'watch' without 'to'
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like to watch vs. like watching #3 (permalink) Mon Oct 18, 2010 21:09 pm   like to watch vs. like watching
 

Okidoki. Thanks for the Information

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like to watch vs. like watching #4 (permalink) Tue May 15, 2012 0:05 am   like to watch vs. like watching
 

That means that I can say: I like to walk every day or I like walking everyday.
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like to watch vs. like watching #5 (permalink) Tue May 15, 2012 7:14 am   like to watch vs. like watching
 

Remember in your sentence, you need two words - every day.

Sometimes the infinitive can be used to show a particular action rather than a general one.
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like to watch vs. like watching #6 (permalink) Tue May 15, 2012 8:13 am   like to watch vs. like watching
 

Hello Martha,

Every day (a two word expression) means daily/each day.
Everyday (a one word expression) actually just means ordinary or commonplace.

As your meaning is 'daily' only 'every day' can be used in your sentence.
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like to watch vs. like watching #7 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 0:37 am   like to watch vs. like watching
 

Martha0108 wrote:
That means that I can say: I like to walk every day or I like walking everyday.

Is it right to write: I like to walk or I like walking?
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like to watch vs. like watching #8 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 7:27 am   like to watch vs. like watching
 

Both are correct.
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like to watch vs. like watching #9 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 7:39 am   like to watch vs. like watching
 

Yes, of course they are both correct but there is a difference in meaning.

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like to watch vs. like watching #10 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 8:05 am   like to watch vs. like watching
 

In my view, the difference in meaning between
I like to walk every day
and
I like walking every day
is so small that a large number of the English speaking population would not differentiate.
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like to watch vs. like watching #11 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 8:30 am   like to watch vs. like watching
 

Well, there's a broad generalisation if you like.

Have a look at this:http://assets00.grou.ps/0F2E3C/wysiwyg_files/FilesModule/all4english/20101003183721-kmkjfpsfidnocfkar/gerund_infinitive.pdf

In a nutshell this suggests that the infinitive puts focus on the point of the activity and the gerund puts focus on the process of the activity. I am not so omniscient that I can speak on behalf any particular 'number of the English speaking population'!
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like to watch vs. like watching #12 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 17:28 pm   like to watch vs. like watching
 

I'm aware that the focus changes but perhaps someone else will find your link useful.
I hope you noticed the 'In my view...' phrase at the start of my post. I'm entitled to voice my opinion based on my experiences. My purpose in doing so is to help learners understand that when they hear a native speaker use one of these two forms, it does not necessarily mean that the speaker is differentiating the way that the learner would.
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like to watch vs. like watching #13 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 20:06 pm   like to watch vs. like watching
 

Nobody has said that you are not 'entitled to voice your opinion'. This is what everyone tries to do on these forums. My reference was to your use of the 'English speaking population'. It was the sweeping nature of the comment that prompted my remark, which you have failed to appreciate.
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like to watch vs. like watching #14 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 22:49 pm   like to watch vs. like watching
 

I believe I am right. I wouldn't expect you to agree with me, purely as a matter of course as much as anything else.
Whatever 'prompted your remark' in message #9 was obviously a different matter.
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like to watch vs. like watching #15 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 22:59 pm   like to watch vs. like watching
 

You are always so defensive in your messages that you invariably miss the point. You just keep on thinking you're right if that keeps you happy.
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