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Likes and Dislikes
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Likes and Dislikes
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Study the language for talking about likes and dislikes.

ENJOY SOMETHING A LOT
  • be in your element
    She’s really in her element at parties.
  • adore
    I adore chocolate. I could live on it.
  • have a passion for something
    From a very early stage, he had a passion for fast cars.
LIKE SOMETHING / DOING SOMETHING
  • to be into something
    I know she’s really into sports, so I’d thought I’d ask her to come skiing with us.
  • something goes down well with somebody
    At present, military action would not go well with the public.
  • be fond of something
    He had always been fond of drinking at lunchtime, perhaps too fond.
  • be keen on something
    I’m quite keen on the idea of having a fancy dress party.
  • appeal to somebody
    I’m sure this delightful book will appeal to children of all ages.
  • have a soft spot for something
    She’s always had a soft spot for you.
DON'T LIKE SOMETHING / DOING SOMETHING
  • not be somebody’s cup of tea
    Nolan’s films are not exactly my cup of tea
  • don’t think much of something
    The hotel was okay, though I didn’t think much of the food. 
  • not take kindly to
    Nancy doesn’t take kindly to being corrected. 
  • go off
    I used to drink tea all the time, but I’ve gone off it lately. 
HATE SOMETHING / DOING SOMETHING
  • can’t stand
    We used to be quite good friends but now I can’t stand her. 
  • loathe
    I really loathe it when people make promises and then don’t keep them. 
  • detest
    I detest any form of cruelty towards animals. 
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Let's practise talking about likes and dislikes. Read the sentences below and decide if they talk about likes or dislikes.

1. He is in his element when he is sailing.
2. She adores drinking coffee with milk and honey.
3. Ever since I remember, I had a passion for riding a bike.
4. You can ask him for help. He is into computers so he should know how to fix yours.
5. The new model has gone down well with the customers. The orders are pouring in.
6. She's is not overly fond of cooking, that's why they often eat out.
7. My flatmates want to have a party, but I’m not keen on the idea.
8. The idea of working abroad really appeals to me.
9. It's her only child. No wonder she has a soft spot for him.
10. He doesn't take kindly to being interrupted when he speaks. You should have kept quiet.
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12. I don't eat meat much these days. It has gone off me lately.
13. She loathes it when people don't turn up on time for meetings.
14. She evidently detests her ex-husband after he left her and the children.

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1 Comment

  1. Mariusz

    I don’t have many things I don’t like, but when I think of it, rain comes to me as something that I really can’t stand. I don’t know about you, but getting soaked in torrential rain is something I loathe. It doesn’t bother me much if I am at home watching it rain outside, but I detest having to be in the rain without an umbrella or some raincoat.

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