Hate or hated? Can they be used interchangeably?

Earlier I saw native’s comment on social media. She said “I hated this episode“.

Why didn’t she use present verb “hate” since in that time she was telling something to everyone? I looked-up on my dictionary and found an example:

hate to do something: He hated to be away from his family.

Can you explain their difference? I’m questioning about my understanding now since It looks like there’s no difference in use there?

By the way, I’ve read this, but still got no clue.


It is mostly idiom, not grammar.

The sense is “I felt the emotion of “hate” when I watched the episode.” She is reporting her feeling at the time and so uses the past tense.

It would have been correct for her to say “I hate this episode”. In this case she is talking about her current opinion about the episode. But it is perhaps more common to report feelings in the past tense, since at the time of speaking, the initial emotion has passed. This is the idiomatic way of expressing your (strong) opinion about a film that you have watched.

It is equally idiomatic to say “I loved this episode” or “I liked bungee jumping” to describe your opinion of something, and imply that you expect that you would still love it if you watched it again.

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