51 Like

Verbs

The verbs Like and Would Like should not be confused because they have different meanings.

In fact, while Would Like is used to express our requests or offers more politely, the verb Like is used to express the idea of enjoying something.

Affirmative

The Affirmative form of the verb like has this structure:
Subject + like (“likes” for third person singular).

SUBJECT VERB
I like
You like
He likes
She likes
It likes
We like
You like
They like

Negative

The Negative form of the verb Like has this structure:
Subject + do + not + like (“does” for third person singular).

SUBJECT VERB “TO DO” NEGATION+LIKE SHORT FORM
I do not like don’t like
You do not like don’t like
He does not like doesn’t like
She does not like doesn’t like
It does not like doesn’t like
We do not like don’t like
You do not like don’t like
They do not like don’t like

Interrogative

The Interrogative form of the verb Like has this structure:
Do + subject + base form of the verb “like”+ question mark (?) (“does” for the third person singular).

VERB “TO DO” SUBJECT LIKE QM
Do I like …?
Do you like …?
Does he like …?
Does she like …?
Does it like …?
Do we like …?
Do you like …?
Do they like …?

Affirmative

  • I really like cooking.
  • He likes playing sports.
  • We like going out at weekends.

Negative

  • I don’t like cooking.
  • He doesn’t like playing sports.
  • We don’t like going out on the weekends.

Interrogative

  • Do I like cooking?
  • Does he like playing sports?
  • Do we like going out at weekends?

It’s really important to distinguish Like from Would Like:

  • We use like when we want to express enjoyment of something;
  • We use would like when we want to express a request or an offer;
  • They are different even as far as grammatical structure is concerned.

The verb Like is used to express the idea of enjoying something. We use different structures depending on the form of the verb that we need to use (affirmative, negative and interrogative).

The verb Like has this structure:

  • For the Affirmative form is: Subject + like (“likes” for the third person singular);
  • For the Negative form it is: Subject + do + not + like (“does” for the third person singular);
  • For the Interrogative form it is: Do + subject + base form of the verb “like”+ question mark (“does” for the third person singular).

For example:
Affirmative:I like drinking tea.” = The subject (I) enjoys drinking tea.
— Negative:
I don’t like drinking tea.” = The subject (I) does not enjoy drinking tea.
— Interrogative:
Do you like drinking tea?” =  The subject (You) is being asked if they enjoy drinking tea.

There is a significant difference in meaning between Like and Would like:

  • Would like is used to express our requests or offers more politely;
  • Like is used to express the idea of enjoying something.

For example:
I would like to do some sport.” = I express my desire of doing some sport.
I like sport.” = I generally enjoy doing sports.

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.