Before we look at lượt thích + verb-ing, we need to lớn learn about infinitives.

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I want lớn sleep.

How many verbs are here?There are two verbs. Verb 1. want & Verb 2. sleep.

The verb sleep has the word TO before it. This means the verb is in its infinitive form: khổng lồ sleep.To + verb is called an infinitive sầu. To sleep is an infinitive.

Normally when two verbs are together, the second verb (verb number 2) is in its infinitive size.In the original sentence, the second verb, sleep, is in its infinitive sầu form: khổng lồ sleep.

Another example:

I need to study.

There are two verbs in this sentence. Verb 1. need & Verb 2. study.The second verb is in its infinitive sầu form… TO study.

He wants to travel.

The second verb (travel) needs to lớn be in its infinitive sầu form (khổng lồ travel). He wants TO travel.

This is the general rule about two verbs together & there are some exceptions lượt thích with modal verbs but we will see this in another lesson.

Verbs after LIKE

With the verb LIKE there are two ways of putting a verb after it.You can say:

I like to sleep. (This is like + infinitive sầu – which we have already seen)

But with the verb LIKE, we frequently use a verb ending in ING after it.

I lượt thích sleeping.

Sleeping is a verb ending in ING.Another example. You can say:

I like khổng lồ eat chocolate. …. OR you can say …I lượt thích eating chocolate.

Is there a difference?In general there isn’t a difference in meaning, though we sometimes use the infinitive (TO + VERB) lớn talk about habits or choices.

I like to lớn eat chocolate for breakfast.(This is my habit or my choice).I lượt thích eating chocolate.(This is more about what I lượt thích doing in general)

However, using a VERB+ING is more comtháng than using an infinitive.

Love sầu, Enjoy, Don’t Like, Hate + Verb-ing

I like sleeping.

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This is an example of the verb like + verb ending in ING.This rule of LIKE + Verb-ING also applies khổng lồ other similar “liking” verbs such as:Love, enjoy, don’t lượt thích, hate.Note: don’t like is just the negative size of like.

I love reading in bed at night.I enjoy playing đoạn Clip games.I don’t like getting up early.I hate washing the dishes.

Using a verb-ing after these verbs sound more natural.In general we prefer to use the verb-ing after like, love or hate.

BUT…. with the verb ENJOY, if there is a verb after it, we can only use a VERB-ING and NOT an infinitive sầu.

Enjoy + verb-ing

We enjoy playing cards.

After enjoy we have the verb ending in ING, in this case playing. We CANNOT say:

We enjoy khổng lồ play cards. (This is NOT correct).

It is NOT possible lớn use enjoy + an infinitive.Another example:

He enjoys going to lớn the cinema.

enjoy + verb-ing, in this case going. This is correct.We vị NOT say:

He enjoys TO GO to the cinema. … This is NOT correct!


Negative sầu sentences with LIKE + Verb-ING

To make negative sầu sentences we use the rules of DON’T & DOESN’T before lượt thích.

I like writing essays. … becomes …I don’t like writing essays.He likes mowing the lawn. … becomes …He doesn’t like mowing the lawn.

Remember there is no S at the kết thúc of the verb in negative sầu sentences & questions.

More examples of negative sầu sentences with lượt thích + verb-ing:

I don’t like waiting.He doesn’t like eating spinach.They don’t like going to the doctor.She doesn’t like cleaning the house.

Questions with LIKE + Verb-ING

To make questions we use the rules of DO & DOES at the beginning of the question.

They like playing chess.

To make a question with they we use DO at the beginning, so it becomes…

Do they like playing chess?

Another example:

She likes baking cakes.

To make a question with she we use DOES at the beginning, so it becomes…

Does she like baking cakes?

Rethành viên there is no S at the over of the verb in negative sầu sentences and questions.

More examples of questions with lượt thích + verb-ing:

Do you lượt thích blowing bubbles?Do they like taking selfies?Does John lượt thích listening to lớn music?Does your grandmother lượt thích going khổng lồ the gym?

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Answer these questions:

What are three things you like doing?What is one thing you don’t like doing?