4-J) Likes and dislikes (AMES836)
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How to say what you like and what you don't like. In the affirmative, negative and interrogative. As you can also see, the verb Like (and all the other verbs meaning like or dislike) can be followed by infinitive with to or by -ing forms.



+/ you like bananas
-/ you don't like bananas
?/ Do you like bananas? ---- Yes, I do / No, you don't

This construction is the same for all persons except for the 3rd person (he, she, it). We use DOES for the 3rd person:

+/ he likes bananas
-/ he doesn't like bananas
?/ does he like bananas? ---- Yes, he does / No, he doesn't


When the verb LIKE is followed by another verb, that other verb usually ends in -ING:

- I like football  (like + noun)
- I like eating ice-cream  (like + verb )
- I don't like spending money  (not like + verb)

But in American English (and also in modern British English) we can use -ing or infinitive with to:
        I like playing football = I like to play football

LOVE and HATE and PREFER are also followed by -ING (or infinitive with to)
- I love spending money = I like it very very much
- I hate spending money = I do NOT NOT NOT like it