a. I like him playing defense. Can't this sentence have three different meanings: 1. I like his playing defense. I like the way he plays defense. 2. I like him when he plays defense. (Consider these sentences: I like her wearing light colors./I like her playing comic roles) 3. I like him to be playing defense. (Something a coach might say... Consider these sentences: I like my desk sitting in front of the window... I like it to be in that position) Many thanks.