I met this sentence structure "don't feel like", but I am not sure with what the next should be. Here are three sentences.

"I don't feel like cook tonight."


"I don't feel like to cook tonight."


"I don't feel like cooking tonight."

Which ones are correct and easily understandable, if any?

  • I don't understand why the question was down-voted.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 11:58
  • @TRomano, I'm not the down-voter, but probably because it doesn't show any research effort (google search of "feel like" instantly answers the question)
    – user27060
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 12:30

2 Answers 2


"Fell like" requires gerund, so the correct form is "I don't feel like cooking tonight".

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    Not exactly. It's the preposition like which will only take NPs or --ing forms as a Complement. The feel is a red herring. Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 13:05

To feel like something (a noun or a verb + ing) * is an idiomatic expression meaning

  1. to seem likely to do something
  2. to have a desire or an inclination for doing or having something.

It feels like rain.

I feel like a cup of tea.

I don't feel like going out tonight.

I don't feel like cooking now.

To feel like followed by a verb + ing is a set usage, and there's no way to use *to + infinitive with the expression.

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