The verb like usually is followed by a gerund form, but if I had to use the verb to be, that usually does not have the -ing form, how can I do..

I like to be or I like being near the sea

I like be or I like to be here.

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asked Mar 14 '12 at 19:33 carmen New member

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They're both correct, and the difference between them is pretty subtle. "I like to be" (subtly) suggests that you're talking about an activity that you're not currently doing, while "I like being" suggests that it's happening now. So in your first example, if you're strolling along the shore, you might say, "I like being near the sea," but if you're landlocked, you might say, "I like to be near the sea." For the same reason, I prefer "I like being here" to "I like to be here." But both will be understood by everyone.

link comment answered Mar 14 '12 at 20:30 Actually Holly Expert

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