“Verb+ing” or “to + verb” 3

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Welcome to your “Verb+ing” or “To + Verb” 3 lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• “Like” / “Love” / “Hate”
“Would like” / “Would love” / “Would hate” / “Would prefer”
“Would like to have done”
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“Like” / “Love” / “Hate”

When you talk about repeated actions, you can use “Verb+ing” or “To + verb” after “like”, “love” and “hate”:

“Do you like shopping in town?”“Do you like to shop in town?”

“I hate taking the bus.” “I hate to take the bus.”

“I love eating curry.” “I love to eat curry.”

However, we use “Verb+ing” (not “To + verb”) when we talk about a situation that exists (or existed) for example:

I live in London, I love living there.”
(not “I love to live there.”)

“Does she like being a waitress?”
(not “Does she like to be a waitress?“)

“Would like” / “Would love” / “Would hate” / “Would prefer”

“Would like”, “would love”, “would hate” and “would prefer” are usually followed by “to + verb”:

“I’m very tired, I would love to have a holiday.”

Would you like to come to the picnic tomorrow?”

“I would prefer to have sausages tonight.”

Compare “I like” and “I would like” (“I’d like”):

“I like playing dominoes.”
(I enjoy this activity)

“I would like to play dominoes.”
(I want to do this activity soon)

“Would mind” is always followed by “Verb+ing” (not “to + verb”):

Would you mind doing the washing-up tonight?”

“Would like to have done”

“I would like to have done something” means “I regret now that I didn’t or couldn’t do something”:

“It’s a shame we couldn’t visit the museum. I would like to have seen it.”

“I would like to have gone to Mauritius, but we had so much work to do.”

You can use the same structure after “would love”, “would hate” or “would prefer”:

“I‘d love to have gone to the picnic, but we had so much to do.”

“I would hate to have been born in the nineteenth century.”

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