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  1. I miss going out with my friends
  2. I miss to go out with my friends. According to this https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxt-xAK6Fb0 1 is correct. Now I want to know which one is correct if we use 'would'

  3. I think I would miss going out with my friends.

  4. I think I would miss to go out with my friends.

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Your examples 2. and 4. with the infinitival clause "to go out ..." are ungrammatical because the clause can't satisfy the complement requirements of "miss", which requires a gerund-participial clause as in 1. and 3.

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  • How to know which verbs require gerund?
    – Rocky
    Jun 17, 2019 at 9:32
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    The only way is to familiarise yourself with the various constructions by reading English publications as much as you can.
    – BillJ
    Jun 17, 2019 at 9:43
  • Does love works the same way 7. I would love reading that book. 8. I would love to read that book
    – Rocky
    Jun 17, 2019 at 9:46
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    No, @Rocky. Love can take an infinitival complement or an -ing complement. But, 7 is not idiomatic, because an -ing complement with love has a general sense, not a specific one, so "I love reading that book" implies that I often read that book. This makes "I would love reading that book" unlikely: I think it would only be used in a hypothetical, such as "if I were alone on a desert island I would love reading that book, but as it is I've never had the time to get into it."
    – Colin Fine
    Jun 17, 2019 at 9:52
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    @Rocky I agree with Colin. Your example 7. is grammatically OK , but not natural except in certain contexts. 8. is fine.
    – BillJ
    Jun 17, 2019 at 10:12

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