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Unread Jul 21st, 2019, 08:16 pm
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Hi,

Can I say "I don't like to..." if I have never done it? For example,

"I have never played tennis and I don't like to do it."

Thanks.

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Unread Jul 22nd, 2019, 12:42 am
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Default Re: don't like to

No - if you've never done something, how can you know if you enjoy doing it or not? You're talking here about what you want to do - not about what you enjoy. So you can say :
I've never played tennis and I don't want to try.

but if you use like, you are making a hypothetical prediction, so you need would :
I've never played tennis and I wouldn't like to try.
The version with want sounds more natural however.

I suggest you change your mind though - it's a great game! Much better:
I've never played tennis but I'd love to try
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