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любить + imperfective or perfective?

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After the verb любить, would I always put the verb in an imperfective infinitive?

Например: Я люблю читать or Я люблю прочитать (if I wanted to say "I love to read")

Is there any rule with любить? Does it vary on the verb infinitive that follows?

If I said, "I love to read" I would think it would be imperfective as I am not meaning to complete the activity of loving reading.
asked Feb 17, 2014 by parataxi5 (120 points)

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Hi Parataxi5,

The verb "любить" is followed by an imperfective infinitive. because if you like doing something, you normally do it regularly:

Я люблю читать; I like reading;
Мы любим смотреть телевизор: We like watching TV
Она любит пить кофе по утрам: She likes drinking coffee in the morning.

Yulia Amlinskaya,
Russian Language Teacher.
answered Feb 18, 2014 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)