I'm wondering if the object of "dislike" should be something that is naturally repeatable. Does it make sense to say the following?

Many women dislike getting married.

  • To me, it does. You can dislike running/camping/going out/walking - all these activities are "naturally repeatable". Mar 31 '21 at 14:23
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    @stangdon one might say that a woman disliked her experience of getting married and that certainly does not imply habitual or repeated marriages. But I would read "Many women dislike getting married" to read as habitual or repeated, which does not make a lot of sense, so I might instead write "Many women prefer not to marry."
    – randomhead
    Mar 31 '21 at 15:09
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    @randomhead I think it might depend on what you mean by "getting married". To me, it implies the whole process of getting engaged, finding a dress, a venue, deciding who to invite, etc...which is certainly repeatable, but does not imply anything about whether it is repeated or not.
    – stangdon
    Mar 31 '21 at 15:30
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    One can go jogging twice a week throughout his life. But it'd be ridiculous for one to get married twice a week throughout his life.
    – Apollyon
    Mar 31 '21 at 15:57
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    @stangdon In your example I would say "dislike the process of getting married" rather than just "dislike getting married" which—with no other context—implies the single simple legal act rather than the planning/purchasing/celebration/reception brouhaha. I agree that "disliked getting" in the past can certainly refer to a single event, but "dislike getting" in the present continuous sounds more like it refers to multiple ongoing events.
    – randomhead
    Mar 31 '21 at 16:46

I think there is a sense of repetition suggested by this use of "dislike".

With no context, I think that sentence is at best ambiguous.

With a little stretch you can make sense of the sentence by thinking of all the marriages - perhaps many of the women in those marriages dislike being married, or dislike the ceremony that "got them married" rather than the marriages themselves.

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