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Unit 10.1

Love – Like – Hate


We use the verbs love/like/hate to talk about things about which we feel positive (love or like) or negative (hate).

When we consider the verbs love/like/hate we can find two kinds of structures which are different in form and have slightly different meaning:
Love/like/hate + gerund [verb + -ing];
Love/like/hate + to-infinitive [to + verb].

The -ing form is more common than the to-infinitive form after hate and hove.

  • I like cooking.
    I like to cook on Sundays.
  • He loves travelling abroad!
    He loves to travel abroad.
  • They hate going to the doctor.
    They hate to go to the doctor.

Love/like/hate are used to express our preferences and tastes in positive or negative way. After the verbs love/like/hate, two types of constructions can be used.

They are used with:

  • Gerund (-ing form) to emphasize the action or experience;
  • To-infinitive to give more emphasis to the results of the action or event.

The verbs love/like/hate are used when we wish to talk about things we like (love or like) or dislike (hate) and to express preferences and tastes.

The structure is:
Love/like/hate + gerund [verb + -ing];
Love/like/hate + to-infinitive [to + verb]

For example:
— “I love going to the beach.” / “I love to go to the beach.
— “I like going to the beach.” / “I like to go to the beach.
— “I hate going to the beach.” / “I hate to go to the beach.”

The first sentence with the structure love/like/hate + gerund [verb + -ing] emphasize the action or experience. The second one, love/like/hate + to-infinitive [to + verb] gives more emphasis to the results of the action or event.

NOTE: When we use these verbs, we can follow the verb with either the gerund or the infinitive as although they are different in form, they are the same in meaning.

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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