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I like to play tennis on Tuesdays.

I like playing tennis on Tuesdays.

Having taken into account the following, would you please throw a light on what is the difference between the sentences above?

This question was inspired by a comment left on a similar question I asked here, where a user said:

Like playing vs. like to play is the question of gerund vs. infinitive. Both of those are correct, but I don't think there's a general rule.

So, is there some general rule? Or was the comment correct?

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You can say "I like to do something or I like doing something; it means the same. But when you talk about your habbies or interests, you usually use the -ing form of the verb after "like".

So it's more idiomatic if you say "I like playing tennis on Tuesdays".

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  • This is not at all correct. They're both equally idiomatic. You might have a personal or dialect preference for one or the other, but it could be the opposite with another person or another dialect.
    – Andrew
    Oct 9, 2018 at 13:52
  • @Andrew, You are right. I have edited my answer. Thanks.
    – Khan
    Oct 10, 2018 at 1:46
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They're both exactly the same. They're both grammatically correct, and they both have the same meaning. There's not even a difference in emphasis! Maybe the version with the infinitive sounds slightly more formal.

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  • So, is the following odd? I like to play tennis on Tuesdays.
    – nima
    Dec 28, 2014 at 17:01
  • @nima No, that's not odd. It's perfectly normal.
    – Ben Kovitz
    Dec 28, 2014 at 17:11

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