Posted by MattsRiceBowl on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 4:09am.
As many of you know, I'm an ESL Teacher in Taiwan. I came across a sentence that does not sound right, but I am wondering if it's grammatically correct.
"I like to have cats."
I've NEVER heard it said like that before, but I cannot think of any reason why it's wrong. Is it wrong or is it something we simply would not normally say?
English Grammar - MattsRiceBowl, Friday, August 28, 2009 at 4:29am
Slight correction: It was, "I like to have a cat." Somehow, that sounds worse.
English Grammar - Writeacher, Friday, August 28, 2009 at 7:49am
The issue here is about the tense of the verb. It'd be better to use more of a "possible in the future" tense, I think.
I would like to have a cat.
I'd like to have a cat.
I think many ESL students (and sometimes others) miss that 'd sound because it's so slight when we speak (rather like missing the d on "iced tea" or the d on "he's supposed to..." Somehow that sound disappears when we speak quickly and that transfers into incorrect spelling and/or tense.
English Grammar - Writeacher, Friday, August 28, 2009 at 7:56am
Here is a website that may help:'
Click on different words in the image of the brain for different discussions about verbs. Click on Auxiliary and then scroll down to Uses of Will and Would.
English Grammar - GuruBlue, Friday, August 28, 2009 at 8:42am
Matt, another possibility would be
" I like having a cat".
Then "having a cat" becomes the gerund phrase direct object.
This construction is often used.
I like eating icecream.
I like playing soccer.
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