LIKE LISTENING TO MUSIC / LIKE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC

     
I like listening to music. I like to listen to music.

Do both mean the same? Is any of these sentences grammatically incorrect?


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In short: there is almost no difference when using them in that sentence, and both are grammatical and common.

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In general, the "Xing" form is slightly more casual whereas the "to X" form is a bit more abstract. In the form "I like..." it"s essentially the same, but the difference becomes a lot clearer when you use it as a subject:

Listening to music is the best hobby

vs.

To listen to music is the best hobby

The first sounds like you are speaking from personal experience, whereas the second sounds more like you are making a philosophical or poetic statement.

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Slightly beyond the scope of your question, but one last thing to note is that there are some verbs that require one form or the other, and that will overrule any other consideration:

I enjoy listening to music

I enjoy to listen to music

and

I want to listen to music

I want listening to music


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The Oxford Guide to English Grammar by John Eastwood says in section 121.2:Some verbs can take either a to-infinitive or a gerund with almost no difference. Eastwood has the following list:

like love perfer hate

begin commence start continue cease

intend propose

can"t bear

bother (I don"t bother washing up/to wash up.)

He has some minor annotations to some of these verbs which I don"t think very important.

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