Why do some people say "I like" not "I like it" when they like something? I have seen that on the internet and in person. Is it even grammatical?


Editing by request I have heard that bare "I like" as comments when they see something they think is nice they say "I like" and I have seen it on Facebook in pic comments someone would write a comments just saying " I like" also on informative postings. I hope this edition helps figuring this out.

  • In what context did you hear people say "I like"? Was it an answer to a question? – user24743 Apr 19 '16 at 7:01
  • I have seen that as feedbacks in educational postings and picture comments on the famous FB. – Manuel Hernandez Apr 19 '16 at 7:05
  • @ManuelHernandez : Please edit your question to add an example. That would be helpful. – 7_R3X Apr 19 '16 at 7:06
  • Ok I'll do that. – Manuel Hernandez Apr 19 '16 at 7:10

To like is mostly used as a transitive verb, which means it needs an object. However, on the internet, people use "I like" in a comment to a post when they find it agreeable or enjoyable.

The reason why the object of to like is not required is it is already in the post. In other words, "I like" is short for "I like what you posted" or "I like what is in your post" as the below picture indicates.

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  • I think this is it, Rathony, you got all at once. I like (: – Manuel Hernandez Apr 19 '16 at 7:20
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    @ManuelHernandez Thanks for your "I like". :-) – user24743 Apr 19 '16 at 7:22
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    The usage of this construction is also probably heavily influenced by Facebook and its "like" button. – Hypnoxas Apr 19 '16 at 7:24
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    But it was spoken out loud before Facebook existed. – user230 Apr 19 '16 at 7:35

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