Like doing or like to do

Some sentences use "I like playing tennis" others use " I like to play tennis" What is the different? Thanks
10 years ago
Asked 10 years ago
Kate

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I like doing mean that people like something, I like to do mean that people want to do something
Answered 10 years ago
Trần Đức Huy

Both sentences mean effectively the same thing, but I like doing is more common in British English and I like to do is more common in US English. British native speakers perceive a very small difference between the two forms (I like doing, I enjoy the process of doing, I like to do , I enjoy the idea that I will do as well as the process) but this distinction is very marginal and totally unknown in the US. For all intents and purposes you can consider them as regional varaints of the same thing.
Answered 10 years ago
Richard

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