[quote=“Ramblin Rube”]I like to feed trolls on Fourmosa.
I like feeding trolls on Forumosa.
I enjoy feeding trolls on Forumosa.
Actually like is a designation of a particular penchant for a particular proclivity. Further, liking doing something as in teaching privates illegally is just something that occurs regardless of whether any particular desire is implied or is in substantial requirement. The causal relationship between the two implied inferences is totally moot. Whether one enjoys or likes a particular activity is best resolved by going back to the verbal roots of the original query.
Shall we say, as did Grubbelstein in the 1800’s (as my memory serves me),
that to like is to enjoy and that to enjoy is to recieve pleasure from what one thought one’s memories would be. As a philosopher of semantics and linguistic nuances, Grubbelstein was quite on the point in his observations of this quandry. There is nothing quite liking what one does, especially if one enjoys it or doing it. And, as Granpappy used to say, “If you don’t like it, you can lump it!”[/quote]
I say “I like [VERBING]” a slightly large percentage of the time over “I like to [VERB]”.
I think I would only say “I enjoy [VERBING]” if I were writing a personal ad, as in “I enjoy walking along the beach at sunset and drinking strawberry champagne from a coconut shell.”
Spoken by a Southeastern Ohioan transplanted from the west coast of Florida 19.5 years ago with a lot of influence from Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand, and, of course, bad English. You could say that I’m a sociolinguistic sponge of sorts.