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Unread Oct 2nd, 2015, 05:41 am
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Default would enjoy + v.ing ?

Hi!

Which form is it correct?

1. I would enjoy playing golf.

OR

2. I would enjoy to play golf.


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Unread Oct 7th, 2015, 03:34 am
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Default 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)
or
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.



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Default Re: would enjoy + v.ing ?

Thank you for your reply Susan53.

What about "would enjoy" + to infinitive? Is it also correct?

We use TO INF. after I would like/prefer/hate/etc..., except "I would mind" which follows v.ing. Does "would enjoy" follow the same pattern as "would mind"?
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Default Re: would enjoy + v.ing ?

No. Look what I said above :

"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.
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