Today our lesson is about about expressing likes and dislikes in English.
What are your likes and dislikes? We’re constantly talking about things we do and don’t like. In fact, finding out what a person likes or doesn’t like helps us to get to know him (or her) better. Or imagine if someone wants to find out what are your hobbies or tastes. How would you respond?
So what phrases can we use for expressing likes and dislikes in English?
Likes and Dislikes in English
Expressing Likes in English
Here are some English phrases and words to say what you like:
I adore, I love, I like, I enjoy, I’m into, I have a soft spot for, I’m quite keen on, I think …. is/are brilliant …
I ADORE having a massage after work. It helps me to relax.
I LOVE shopping for clothes in the sales. I’ve got some great bargains.
I’M INTO making music.
I LIKE inviting my friends around for dinner. I ENJOY cooking a special meal for them.
I LIKE ice-cream
I HAVE A SOFT SPOT for Sarah
I’m QUITE KEEN ON learning new languages
I THINK Mark’s idea IS BRILLIANT
ADORE here suggests a strong feeling of pleasure.
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Expressing Dislikes in English
Here are some words in English to express things that you don’t like: I detest, I hate, I loathe, I’m not keen on, I can’t stand, I can’t bear …
I’M NOT KEEN ON watching soap operas.
I DETEST being stuck in a traffic jam.
I HATE Mondays!
I LOATHE visiting the dentist.
I CAN’T STAND Paula’s new boyfriend
Shopping DRIVES ME CRAZY
Both I CAN’T STAND and I CAN’T BEAR mean I HATE.
DETEST and LOATHE suggest strong feelings. These are things that you really don’t like doing, whereas I’M NOT KEEN ON expresses a preference.
We can use pronouns, nouns or verb +ING when we are expressing likes and dislikes in English:
I love it.
I hate football.
Waiting in queues drives me crazy.
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How to talk about Likes and Dislikes in English?
Sarah, Kate, Steve and Tom are talking about what they like doing:
SARAH: I like inviting my friends round for dinner.
KATE: I’m not keen on cooking. I enjoy going out for a meal.
KATE: I like going to watch football on Saturday.
SARAH: I hate football. I’d rather go and play tennis.
STEVE: I like taking photographs on holiday.
TOM: I’m not into photography. I’d rather buy postcards instead.
TOM: I’m going to the rugby match on Saturday. Would you like to come with me?
STEVE: I hate rugby. I’ll be going shopping with Kate instead.
SARAH: I’m flying to Glasgow on Monday.
KATE: I hate flying. I like going by train, even if it takes a little longer.
Now it’s your turn. What do you like doing in your spare time? What do you hate doing?