51 Like

Verbs

Like as a verb is used to talk about things we enjoy and take pleasure in.

We usually find this structure in its three forms:

Affirmative

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

SUBJECT VERB LIKE
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/does” + not + “like”.

  • Do/Does : In Interrogative form the third person singular changes from “Do” to “Does“.
SUBJECT 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/Does” + subject + “like”+ …?

  • Do/Does : In Interrogative form the third person singular changes from “Do” to “Does“.
DO SUBJECT VERB LIKE QUESTION MARK
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?

Like is used when we want to express enjoyment of doing something.

NOTE: Would Like has a different meaning than Like. Would Like is used to request something in a polite way.

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:

  • Affirmative: Subject + “like” (“likes” for the third person singular);
  • Negative: Subject + “do” + not + “like” (“does” for the third person singular);
  • Interrogative:Do” + subject + “like”+ …? (“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.