like playing/like to play

  • jimreilly

    Senior Member
    American English
    They're pretty much the same.

    But it's usually:

    I like playing the piano.
    I like to play the piano.

    Although sometimes people do omit the the, it's still by far the more common construction.

    One sings alto in a choir, but one plays the piano or the violin. One plays/acts (the role of) Othello in Othello, but one plays the role of the Watchman in Hamlet.

    Someone, somewhere, knows why!