Help your student improve their English conversation with
these different phrases to express likes and dislikes.
How to say you like something
To like/ love + gerund.
‘I love skiing and my boyfriend likes climbing.’
Remember: ‘To like/ love + infinitive’ means that you think that something is a good idea, not that you like it. For example:
‘Sophia likes to do her homework before dinner.’
Less common expressions
To be keen on something.
‘My nephew is keen on football.’
To be fond of something/someone.
‘Both my children are fond of travelling.’
‘Invite Rachel to the dinner, we are very fond of her.’
To be a fan of something.
‘I am a fan of science fiction but I am not a fan of fantasy movies.’
To be mad/crazy about something.
‘My neighbour is crazy about video games. He spends all night playing them.’
Developing a passion for something
To get into something – to develop a passion.
‘My aunt is getting into salsa dancing, she takes a class every week.’
To be into something – to have a passion.
‘My sister is into yoga, she has been doing it for years.’
To be partial to something.
‘I am partial to chocolate after a meal.’
To talk about a future desirable event
To look forward to + gerund
‘I am looking forward to going on holiday.’
To not be able to wait to do something.
‘I can’t wait to see you this weekend! We’re going to have lots of fun.’
Ways to say that you don’t like something
To not like/hate + gerund.
‘I hate driving in the dark!’
To loath – a very strong way to say ‘hate.’
‘She loathes cheese. Don’t give her any or she’ll vomit.’
To detest – a very strong way to say ‘to hate.’
‘I detest graffiti on national monuments. It’s so disrespectful.’
To not be able to stand – a way to say ‘you don’t support something.’
‘I can’t stand travelling in rush hour.’
Lighter ways to say you don’t like something
It’s not my cup of tea – a British saying to say that something ‘is not for you.’
‘You go and play tennis if you want to, but it’s not my cup of tea.’
(Alternatives: ‘It’s not my thing’, ‘it’s not for me.’)
To be not a big fan of something.
‘Actually, I am not a big fan of Japanese food. Can we order something else?’
Good: To think that something is great, fantastic or wonderful.
‘That film was fantastic.’
Medium: To think that something, is alright, not bad or so-so.
‘The food in that restaurant is so-so. I don’t think I’ll go back.’
Bad: To think that something is awful, terrible or rubbish.
‘The performance of the actor was awful. No wonder he got a terrible review.’
To take it or leave it – when your opinion on something is neutral.
‘I don’t mind watching football. But to be honest with you, I can take it or leave it.’
Liking and disliking people
To get on well with someone – to have a good relationship with someone.
‘I get on well with my teacher.’
To fall out – to have an argument and stop liking someone.
‘My two best friends have fallen out over money. What a shame.’
To get together with someone – to start a romantic relationship or meet someone to do something.
‘Let’s get together on Friday.’
‘My sister got together with her boyfriend at a party.’
To get back together – to break up with someone and then form a romantic relationship again.
‘He got back together with his girlfriend.’
What like and dislike phrases have we missed? Add them in the comments below. Happy teaching!