Oct 7th, 2015, 03:34 am
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Join Date: Oct 8th, 2006
| | Re: would enjoy + v.ing ?
I would enjoy playing golf.
Verb expressing "enjoyment" or lack of it take V+ ing. So eg :
I love playing golf
I (don't) like playing golf
I (don't) enjoy playing golf
I hate playing golf.
If those verbs change and take an infinitive form then there's a usually change in meaning - they are no longer expressing "enjoyment" but another meaning - eg :
a) wanting to do something : I would like to play golf tomorrow (= I want to play golf tomorrow)
b) recommendations. Compare :
I don't like going to the dentist ( = I don't enjoy going)
but I like to go every six months so that there's never anything serious to do ( I like to go = I think it's a good idea)
"enjoy" always expresses the concept of enjoyment (because of its lexical meaning) and so can never change. So..
I expect I would enjoy playing golf if I had the chance, but it's too expensive .. is still expressing the concept of "enjoyment" even in hypothetical form.
Hope that helps.