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"I like to eat fast food"


"I like eating fast food" I would like to know which of the two sentences above is grammatically correct

marked as duplicate by user140086, Edwin Ashworth, candied_orange, ab2, jimm101 Feb 21 '16 at 2:55

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1) "I like to eat fast food"

2) "i like eating fast food"

1 is correct. 2 should have capitalized the I. Other then that minor typo 2 is fine. They mean the same thing. They just say it a different way.

As Buzz Lightyear never said, "To infinitive, and gerund!"

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    Hi, CandiedOrange, I don't think they mean the same thing. Please read the duplicate I posted in the above comment. – user140086 Feb 20 '16 at 8:33
  • @Rathony I've read the duplicate and still see the meaning here as being the same. Eating is not like getting married. The ideal isn't to do it only once. It's the WAY that meaning is being communicated that is different. Translate this into a different language and I can't see a good argument for both lines not being expressed exactly the same way. – candied_orange Feb 20 '16 at 8:41
  • (1) could mean "I am hungry and I want to eat fast food (now or soon)" and (2) could mean I always enjoy eating fast food. It depends on context. – user140086 Feb 20 '16 at 8:43
  • 1) cannot mean that if the speaker is a native english speaker. That would be corrected to "I would like to eat fast food". And yes, everything depends on context. – candied_orange Feb 20 '16 at 8:46
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    OP clearly posted without context, and the answer given does the same thing. Assumes no context - in that case, both are perfectly valid to describe the same thing. Duplicate or not, if we don't get enough details or context, this question can go anywhere. On hold(?) would be much better. – Sakatox Feb 20 '16 at 11:03

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