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How to say I like it and I dont like it in different ways in EnglishSeptember 13, 2020Updated March 14, 2022
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Do you like to read blogs, magazines, and books? Or do you love to go skydiving or camping? And maybe you cant stand snakes and spiders or rude people on public transportation?
If you are reading this page, it means that you want to know how to express your preferences in English in different ways. Whether youre a language learner trying to improve their English vocabulary or a native speaker trying to boost their speaking skills, it will be helpful to express your preferences in unique and interesting ways.
The simplest and most common expressions are I like and I dont like.
But lets look at some other interesting ways to express preference in English
Youll also expand your vocabulary, and your speaking ability in English will improve.
Are you ready?
7 Ways to Say You Like Something in English
First, lets look at some English words that help to express a positive preference.
1. I enjoy it
This verb means to take delight or pleasure in something. After this word, we use a verb with the ing suffix. For example: I enjoy reading.
2. I love it
This word can be used as both a noun and a verb, so in order to determine the meaning, it is necessary to look at the context.
We can use the word love to express that we really like some action or thing.
It doesnt necessarily have to be a person. For example: I love ice cream. I just love driving. I love rain in summer.
3. I am passionate about it
This expression means to strongly love something or someone; to feel strongly about something.
4. I am fond of it
This expression may be familiar to you from school. At least, it is to me. It means to like; to be attracted to.
For example: I am fond of sports. We are fond of learning the English language.
5. I am a fan of it
Youve probably guessed the meaning of this expression because the word fan exists in other languages as well. It means to like something a lot.
For example: I am a fan of skateboarding.
6. I am interested in it
This expression means to like; to be attracted to. For example: I am interested in writing articles about marketing.
7. I am into it
The last phrase to express a preference on our list means to like; to enjoy. For example: I am into Mark. I am into painting.Improve faster with a Preply tutorLearn to speak English confidently with online lessons.Meet Preply tutors
6 Ways to Say You Dislike Something in English
Now lets look at some expressions in English that indicate a negative regard for something.
1. I hate/loathe it
You are probably familiar with one of these words, specifically the word hate. The second verb means the same thing, but is an even more forceful word to express this feeling.
For example: I hate being late. I loathe seafood.
2. I cant stand it
This English expression means to thoroughly dislike; be unable to put up with something or someone. For example: I cant stand cold food. I cant stand her talking about Janes failure.
3. I am not a fan of it
If the word not is placed before a form of the verb to be, it means that you prefer to avoid the person or thing youre talking about. This expression is not as strong as the word hate. For example: I am not much of a fan of dancing.
4. It drives me crazy
This means to greatly exasperate; annoy to distraction. Anything can be used in place of the pronoun it. For example: Impoliteness is driving me crazy. Amys hair left on my comb drives me crazy.
5. Its not my cup of tea
This idiom doesnt have anything to do with tea or drinking tea. It means to not like. For example: Horror movies are not my cup of tea. Do you like singing? No, its not my cup of tea.
6. Its not my thing
Our last expression is similar to the previous one, and means the same thing: I dont like or I am not interested in For example: Cooking is not my thing. Public speeches are not my thing.
Thats all. Use these expressions instead of the usual I like and I dont like
People with whom you speak or exchange messages will enjoy it more as they hear and see the new English phrases youve just learned.
If youre trying to learn English speaking skills, make sure to master these synonyms so you can express your preferences properly!
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Larry has been teaching English as a Foreign Language since 2008. Having spent 30 years as a British policeman, he teaches English not as an academic but as a communicator. He has degrees in Psychology, IT, Accounting, and English. Larry has experience in teaching IELTS, CAE, CPE, and Business English (including Accounting, Logistics, and Architecture).
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