Likes and Dislikes

How to talk about likes and dislikes.

LIKE (pronounced: laɪk)

Like when used as a verb means:

  • to enjoy or get pleasure from (something).
  • to regard (something) in a favourable way.
  • to feel affection for (someone) : to enjoy being with (someone).


DISLIKE (pronounced: dɪslaɪk)

Dislike is the opposite of ‘like’ and means:

  • A feeling of not liking or approving of something or someone.
  • Something that you do not like, approve of, or enjoy.


There are various different ways of saying how you feel about something or somebody.
Here are just a few examples of likes and dislikes:

I like people I like swimming
I love animals I love my Mother
I fancy a change. I fancy going to the beach.
I enjoy your company. I enjoy studying.
I’m crazy about Elvis. I’m keen on gymnastics.
I’m very fond of my uncle and aunt. I’m mad about chocolate.
I don’t like the winter. I don’t like being cold.
I hate snakes. I hate going to school.
I don’t fancy the new guy at work. I don’t fancy going out with him.
I can’t stand too much noise. I can’t stand being shouted at.
I can’t bear stupid jokes. I can’t put up with laziness.
I can’t abide stupidity. I’m tired of being a loser.
I’m fed up with the meals at school. I’m sick of having to study every day.


INDIFFERENCE (pronounced: ɪnd’ɪfərəns)

When we don’t really either like or dislike something, we say that we are indifferent.

Here are a few ways to say that you feel indifferent:

Do you mind if I sit here? No, I don’t mind at all.
Does my dog bother you? No, dogs don’t bother me.
Which restaurant do you prefer? It doesn’t make any difference.
What do you fancy eating? It really doesn’t matter.
I rather fancy eating pizza. It’s all the same to me. (Not very polite)
So, what would you like for dinner? I don’t care! (Impolite)
Well, do you want pizza or not?. I couldn’t care less. (Quite rude)
Don’t forget:  LIKE can also be used as a preposition, a conjunction, a noun, an adjective
and an adverb. Please study the following Posts and Articles on LIKE.


Related content:

Like versus As – Posted 14th September 2014.
Like – Verb or Preposition – Posted 1st Jun 2014
Likes and Dislikes. – British Council.
Explanation of the verb ‘to like’
. – Wiktionary.
Explanation of the verb ‘to dislike’. – Wiktionary.

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