Unit 10.2

Like

Verbs

Like, as a verb, is used to express things we enjoy and take pleasure in.

We usually find this structure in its three forms:

Affirmative

The structure, in its affirmative form, is:
Subject + like/likes + [verb + -ing]/noun + …

  • Like/likes: in the affirmative form, the third person singular changes from like to likes.
SubjectLikeVerb + -ing/Noun
Ilikeworking/pizza
Youlikeworking/pizza
Helikesworking/pizza
Shelikesworking/pizza
Itlikesworking/pizza
Welikeworking/pizza
Youlikeworking/pizza
Theylikeworking/pizza

Negative

The  structure, in its negative form, is:
Subject + do/does + not + like + [verb + -ing]/noun + …

  • Do/does: in the negative form, the third person singular changes from do to does;
  • Short form of the negative form is the same as the short form of present simple: I don’t – he doesn’t…
Subjectdo/does + notLikeVerb + -ing/Noun
Ido notlikeworking/pizza
Youdo notlikeworking/pizza
Hedoes notlikeworking/pizza
Shedoes notlikeworking/pizza
Itdoes notlikeworking/pizza
Wedo notlikeworking/pizza
Youdo notlikeworking/pizza
Theydo notlikeworking/pizza

Interrogative

The structure, in its interrogative form, is:
Do/does + subject + like + [verb + -ing]/noun + …?

  • Do/does: in the interrogative form, the third person singular changes from do to does.
DoSubjectLikeVerb + -ing/NounQuestion
Mark
DoIlikeworking/pizza?
Doyoulikeworking/pizza?
Doeshelikeworking/pizza?
Doesshelikeworking/pizza?
Doesitlikeworking/pizza?
Dowelikeworking/pizza?
Doyoulikeworking/pizza?
Dotheylikeworking/pizza?

Affirmative

  • I really like sending postcards to my family.
  • He likes to go to the mountains.
  • We like the holidays.

Negative

  • don’t like sending postcards to my family.
  • He doesn’t like going to the mountains.
  • We don’t like the holidays.

Interrogative

  • Do I like sending postcards to my family?
  • Does he like going to the mountains?
  • Do we like the holidays?

We use like when we want to express enjoyment of doing something.

The verb like is used to express the idea of enjoying something.

We can use it in its different forms:

  • Affirmative: We start with the subject followed by the verb like and a verb that ends with -ing or a noun. In the third person singular, we use likes.
  • Negative: We start with the subject followed by do not and the verb like followed by a verb that ends with -ing or a noun. In the third person singular, we use does not.
  • Interrogative: We start with do followed by the subject followed by the verb like and a verb that ends with -ing or a noun (the sentence ends with a question mark). In the third person singular, we use does.

For example:
— Affirmative: “I like drinking tea.”
— Negative: “I don’t like drinking tea.”
— Interrogative: “Do you like drinking tea?

NOTE: Would like has a different  meaning than like: would like is used to express our requests or offers more politely.

For example:
— “I like sport.” = We use like to express that the subject enjoys doing sports.
♦ “would like to do some sport.” = We use would like to express the subject’s desire to do some sport.

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

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