Imagine you enjoy when someone speaks because of some personal habits that they do while speak and you want to mention that you like the way they peak. I was wondering if you could let me know if in the self-made sentence below, the gerund form would work better or the infinitive one:

  • I like him .......... like that way.

a) speaking

b) to speak

For me, they both work properly without any significant semantic change.

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    It should either be "I like him speaking like that." or "I like him speaking that way.". It would be wrong to say "like that way". – SovereignSun Dec 12 '16 at 14:08
  • @SovereignSun yes, you are absolutely right. It was a typo and I'm sorry for that. Thank you for pointing out. :) – A-friend Dec 13 '16 at 13:17

1: I like him speaking like that way. (Note: his speaking is also acceptable, but less common)
When he speaks like that (which by implication he doesn't always do), I like it.

2: I like him to speak like that.
When he speaks like that (which by implication is under my control), I like it.

3: I like the way he speaks.
By implication, he always speaks like that, and it's a way of speaking that I like.

It's important to note that construction #2 usually carries the strong implication that the speaker himself is in control of whether or not the thing that he likes actually happens. It's a standard way of explaining a situation, as in Why is it so hot in here? Because I like my house to be warm in winter.

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