Lesson 29

Like to do / Like doing
Part 1

Level: Intermediate
Lesson contents:
  • Verbs followed by gerunds.
  • Reflexive pronouns.
  • Like as an interjection, in addition to its main use.
  • A typical use of "stuff".

Always watch the video several times without subtitles first. Train your ears! Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this simple rule.

Exercises for this lesson:
How to do the lessons:
  1. Watch the video without subtitles.
  2. Do all the Exercises.
  3. Come back to this page.
  4. Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!

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Like to do / Like doing

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1

Same video with Precise Subtitles:



This is one of the least watched videos in Real English®, for reasons I do not understand. Personally, I really like the people we meet here, such as Joe in Exercises 1 to 3, who I find to be a most likeable guy.

The grammar structure illustrated is "like doing", which is the same as "like to do". As you know, certain verbs are followed by gerunds. You can find a list of these verbs here.

Reflexive pronouns are also introduced thanks to Joe, with a specific page for the grammar involved.

In Exercise 6, we ran into a famous New York City personality, which is probably why she politely refused to tell us her last name. Of course we respect her wishes, and will not tell you who her father is!