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Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:46:48 PM
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What does he like doing/to do?

Both correct?

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 1:06:14 PM

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They're both correct, and 'virtually' mean the same thing.
At least, they tend to be used interchangeably to mean the same.

Technically (which is important in only very few situations) they mean different things.

The infinitive tends to be used for the goal, purpose or final result.
The "participle" (or maybe gerund) tends to be used for the ACTION leading to the result.

What does he like doing? - Winning! - He enjoys playing a game so well that he wins.
What does he like to do? - Win! - He doesn't care about the game - he just wants to win.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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