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Friday Message
8/5/2020

The Verb "to Like"
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I am sure that you have heard of the verb "to like" before in English! It’s one of our favourite verbs. We use it all the time to talk about things that we enjoy doing. If we don’t like doing something, we don’t enjoy doing it!

Let’s have a look at some examples of how to use "to like" in the present simple in the affirmative and negative forms.

Bob likes playing cards with his friends on Saturday mornings.

I like going shopping with my friends every weekend.

Mike doesn’t like going to the gym. He prefers going running.

Sara likes studying in the library because it’s much more peaceful there.

In general, children don’t like doing their homework.

The verb "to like" is often followed by a gerund, the "-ing" form of the verb. However, it is also possible to put an infinitive after the verb "to like". It is possible to say, for example,

Bob likes to play cards with his friends on Saturday mornings.

Some other verbs which indicate preference are…

to love

to prefer

to hate

Look at some examples:

James loves watching films on TV whereas his sister prefers going to the cinema. James hates spending so much money just to see a film.

James loves to watch films on TV whereas his sister prefers to go to the cinema. James hates to spend so much money just to see a film.

I hope this has been helpful!

For more on "to like", check out unit 17 of the ABA online course.

I hope that you have a great weekend!

Kind regards,

Graham
Graham Weeks

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