is there a difference between "I want to learn cooking" and "I want to learn how to cook"
Nov 14, 2019 9:35 AM
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For me there's a small difference. "I want to learn cooking" emphasizes more all aspects of cooking. Not just the required specifics of a particular meal, dish, or particular recipe, but more depth. That is I want to learn more than *just* how to cook something. I may want to know the several ways of cooking it, the history, the variations, etc. And I want to know about cooking in general - I want to understand it almost as much as I was trying to understand any particular area of knowledge. "I want to learn how to cook" *can* mean the above, but for me it generally means I have less requirements in what I want to know. I just want to know the practicalities of cooking - ie how to prepare basic meals. I'm not so interested in treating 'cooking' as something I need to go into any great depth with. This is my take on the 2 sentences :)
November 14, 2019
"Learn to cook" is about 10x more common than "learn cooking." Here is the Google Ngram. To learn how to [infinitive]. << Standard, given by dictionaries and by English Grammar in Use (Unit 54). To learn to [infinitive]. << Standard, reduced form, most common To learn [gerund]. << Nonstandard To learn [noun]. << Standard Examples: To learn how to play the piano. To learn to play the piano. To learn playing the piano. << Nonstandard. "To learn cooking" may be an exception. Google Ngrams show meaningful usage. To learn Italian cuisine. To learn Italian cooking. To learn cooking. << Regional? However, other gerunds (to learn driving, painting, drawing, ...) have essentially zero usage. Here is an Ngram for swimming.
November 14, 2019
different in what way. They both mean basically the same thing.
November 14, 2019
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