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I want to describe my hobbies and would like to say that I like bicycles.

  1. ride as noun: I like ride a bicycle
  2. ride as verb: I like to ride a bicycle

Which variant is right?

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You must include to in your version, or it will be ungrammatical. But it will still sound a bit odd if you give this as a "hobby". It's much better to say I like cycling. –  FumbleFingers Sep 24 '11 at 19:57
Obligatory study material courtesy of Queen. –  Andrew Vit Sep 24 '11 at 20:29
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  1. If you use ride as a noun

    I like bicycle rides.

  2. If you use ride as a verb

    I like riding bicycle.

"I like to ride a bicycle" means the same as "I want to ride a bicycle", so you shouldn't use this variant in your context.

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I like bicycle ride sounds wrong. I like a/the bicycle ride or I like bicycle rides would be better. –  Daniel Sep 24 '11 at 19:54
I thought it would be suitable, but since I'm a nonnative speaker of English, I accept your suggestion. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Sep 24 '11 at 20:18
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Out of the two presented, only the latter variant is correct, that is:

I like to ride a bicycle.

BUT, an even better variant would be:

I like riding a bicycle.

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When using the form with ride as a noun, we say "I like to ride".

When using ride as a verb, we say "I like riding".

But it doesn't sound right to say "I like to ride a bicycle" with the indefinite article "a". Instead we say:

"I like to ride bicycles", or "I like to ride my bicycle".

Or just avoid it altogether and say: I enjoy cycling!

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