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Hi, Alexandra,

@alexandra posted:

Hi. I have a question about two words enjoying and like

I wonder which is correct or both are correct:

Do you enjoy the film?  

Are you enjoying the film?

What's the difference between like and enjoy in this case. 

If people say Do you like the film, why can't we say do you enjoy the film?

The progressive form is the only acceptable one. One of the main differences between 'like' and 'enjoy' is that unlike 'like', 'enjoy' can be used in the progressive form. Here, you are asking that question while your guest is still watching the film, so you can say: 

1. Are you enjoying the film (movie)?

2. Do you like the film (movie)?

 

 

Last edited by ahmed_btm

Hi, Alexandra,

In this old thread, you can find towards the end quite a complete list of stative verbs (which do not accept the progressive form), and those which — like enjoy — can be used as stative or dynamic verbs, depending on the context (as Ahmed explained to you):

Enjoy: permanently / temporarily
I enjoy short stories (permanently) / I am really enjoying this film (temporarily)

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator
@ahmed_btm posted:

Hi, Alexandra,

The progressive form is the only acceptable one. One of the main differences between 'like' and 'enjoy' is that unlike 'like', 'enjoy' can be used in the progressive form. Here, you are asking that question while your guest is still watching the film, so you can say: 

1. Are you enjoying the film (movie)?

2. Do you like the film (movie)?

 

 

Thank you very much! 

Hi, Alexandra,

In this old thread, you can find towards the end quite a complete list of stative verbs (which do not accept the progressive form), and those which — like enjoy — can be used as stative or dynamic verbs, depending on the context (as Ahmed explained to you):

Enjoy: permanently / temporarily
I enjoy short stories (permanently) / I am really enjoying this film (temporarily)

Thanks a lot! So you mean that I can say:

I enjoy films.

But I can't say I enjoy the film. 

Is that correct?

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