Is there any difference between the following two

  1. I would hate for anyone to hack into my emails.
  2. I would hate anyone to hack into my emails.

    I don't even know if the second is possible. I'm modeling it after 'I would like you to hack into my e-mail.'

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No, the first answer is idiomatic, the second is not.
In the case of "like", the word "for" isn't necessary, but it could be used: "I would like for you to hack into my emails."
This is just a usage difference between "like" and "hate".

  • But is the second one possible, how natural is it, if it is.
    – Burglar
    Mar 10, 2020 at 18:07
  • I would understand it if I heard it, but I would find it unnatural. Mar 10, 2020 at 18:22

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