Translation:Do you love dancing?
Indeed. We ask "do you like it?" and then it's up to the other person to let us know by how much, if they want to. Does anyone know if this sounds as weird in Chinese?
As a side note, in answering, a native speaker could concievably answer both "yes, I love it!" and "no - I love it!". Good ol' English :)
I'm curious about how this construction works, but I feel as though I should give a bit of explanation first.
In English, there's an important distinction between the gerund and the infinitive in this type of sentence.
If I asked "Do you love dancing?", somebody could answer "Yes, I don't dance, but I love to watch." On the other hand, if I asked "Do you love to dance?", somebody could answer "No, I don't dance, but I love to watch."
In short "love dancing" is general (it includes all ways you could love dancing) while "love to dance" is specific (it's specifically about participating in the action).
This distinction isn't unique to dancing, but happens in like/love constructions in general.
So, my question is this: Is this sentence general or specific (I'm assuming general?) and how would you translate the other meaning (so, assuming this sentence means "Do you love dancing?" how would I ask "Do you love to dance?"?)
Exactly! I love to dance and I also like to watch it. I am not a native English speaker, but I would ALWAYS make a distinction in English between "to dance" and "dancing", and "to sing" and "singing", even if native English speakers are not disturbed by interchangeability of it ... And that also applies to artpainting, furniture making, etc. I like clear language!
Don't overthink this. Most other languages just do not work like English does. As a native German speaker this is no question for me at all, since German works like Chinese in this case. If I was interested if someone likes to watch dancing, I'd specifically ask for that. Otherwise it's assumed I like to know if the person likes to dance her/himself.
Btw: "Do you love to dance?" is accepted as an answer too. It probably should be the default answer as to not confuse native English speakers.