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:
The affirmative form of the verb like:
Subject + like + [verb + ing]/noun.
- Like: In affirmative form the third person singular changes from “like” to “likes“.
The negative form of the verb like:
Subject + do/does + not + like + [verb + ing]/noun.
- Do/does : In 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…“
The interrogative form of the verb like:
Do/does + subject + like + [verb + ing]/noun + …?
- Do/does : In interrogative form the third person singular changes from “do” to “does“.
- I really like cooking.
- He likes sports.
- We like going out at weekends.
- I don’t like cooking.
- He doesn’t like sports.
- We don’t like going out on the weekends.
- Do I like cooking?
- Does he like sports?
- Do we like going out at weekends?
Like is used when we want to express enjoyment of doing something.
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.
The verb like has this structure:
- Affirmative: Subject + like + [verb + ing]/noun (“likes” for the third person singular);
- Negative: Subject + do + not + like + [verb + ing]/noun (“does” for the third person singular);
- Interrogative: Do + subject + like + [verb + ing]/noun + …? (“does” for the third person singular).
— Affirmative: “I like drinking tea.“
— Negative: “I don’t like drinking tea.“
— Interrogative: “Do you like 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.
— “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.