‘Do we always like doing the things that we like to do?’ Non-finite complementation of the verb Like
Abstract The aim of this study is to examine the usage of the two alternative non-finite complements of the verb like, the gerundive –ing and the to-infinitive. The study is based on corpus material and uses correlational analysis to establish which factors isolated in the data motivate the speakers’ choice between the two constructions. The to-infinitive, as opposed to the –ing form, is described as bounded and more verbal in character (Hamawand 2004: 455), therefore more telic and agentive. These features correspond to the characteristics of a prototypical transitive clause (Hopper and Thompson 1980). The author sets out to check whether this correlation is reflected in the degree of transitivity of the complement verbs appearing in both constructions.