I'm talking about my hobby of fishing. Which one should I opt for and why?

  1. I like going fishing
  2. I like go fishing
  3. I like to go to fishing
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    None! Go for - I like fishing! – Maulik V Apr 9 '16 at 8:00
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    Only the first is grammatical. As MaulikV mentioned, though, I like fishing is shorter and easier to say. – zondo Apr 9 '16 at 11:40
  • like takes either infinitive or -ing form. So you can rephrase the first one as I like to go fishing. – Alejandro Apr 9 '16 at 12:36

I like fishing.

I like going fishing.

I like to go fishing.

These three are grammatically correct and interchangeable. Only "I like go fishing" is incorrect. As Ustanak pointed out, "like takes either an infinitive or an -ing form."

You can also use "enjoy" to replace "like" in some instances, except that it would be improper to say, "I enjoy to go fishing," as enjoy does not take the infinitive.

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To answer the question

What do you like to do in your spare time?

The standard answer is

I like to go fishing.

P1: What do you want to do today?
P2: How about let's go fishing?

One uses go, since fishing usually occurs at another location.

We have a house about a mile from the lake.
We can go fishing there after dinner.

But if you're lucky

Our house is right on the lake.
We can fish off the back porch. ( no need to go anywhere )

Using go can also imply there are other activities around the fishing, an analogy would be driving

I like driving
I like to go driving

have slightly different meanings.

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Why not just say "My hobby is fishing"?

  • Fishing is the sport or job of catching fish:
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