Like to relax/like to do to relax

Silver

Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

Yesterday I asked someone a question:

1) How do you like to relax?

And she told me it should be:

2) What do you like to relax?

And later I wrote:

3) What do you like to do to relax?

Because I think the last one is the clearest one, and it welcomes answers like “I usually play computer games or go shopping to relax……”

I wonder if the 3) one is the best one while the other two (1) and (2) are ambiguous or even wrong.

The first seems to be asking "In what way do you like to relax", while the second is not clear, the last one is the best.


I need your help.


Thanks a lot
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    1) How do you like to relax?
    This is a reasonable, normal question, Silver. If you asked me this, I might tell you that I like to take walks, read, listen to music, etc.

    2) What do you like to relax?
    This question is not natural if you are asking people what they like to do to relax. It sounds as though you are asking what type of substance somebody likes when he wants to relax: What do you like to relax?:confused: I like a stiff drink/a shot of morphine, etc.

    3) What do you like to do to relax?
    This question is also fine. You have added a little information to make the question more specific. However, it means the same thing that question 1 does.
     
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