Here I can see the verb to like with another verb in two forms.

  1. I like watching TV.
  2. I like to watch TV.

Did I understand it right?

  • The firtst form I use when I mean something in generaly.
  • The second form I use when I would like to do something now or in this time.

The same way to verbs to love and to hate.

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    No, there is no difference in meaning between the two sentences. Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 17:52
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    To say you want to do something now, you'd say: I would like to watch TV.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 18:04

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Both versions of the sentences above have equivalent meaning, and in fact don't even have a difference of nuance, other than the infinitive form being a little less casual.

To indicate you wish to do something now or soon, you use "would". Think of it as an implied question that you are answering.

Implied question: (What would you like to do?)

Your assertion: "I would like to watch TV (now)."

It's worth mentioning that there is slight difference in meaning between the word "like" in "I like to watch TV" and in "I would like to watch TV." In the former, "like" almost exactly means "enjoy" whereas in the latter, it sort of pairs up functionally with the word "would" and becomes less about a declaration of enjoyment and moreso an assertion of intent or preference; almost like "would like" has additional meaning than either word would have on their own.


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