Conversation Tips for Likes and Dislikes in English


Talking about your likes and dislikes is an essential part of expressing your personality and preferences. This lesson explores a range of phrases you can use to express your feelings, from loving something to really disliking it, and everything in between.


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Expressing likes and dislikes in English

Here are different ways to express your preferences running from totally loving to being indifferent to disliking something.


If you love something


  • I love traveling to new places.


  • I adore listening to classical music.


  • He’s mad about vintage cars.


  • She’s crazy about her puppy.


If you like something a lot


  • He’s fond of spicy food.


  • I like playing tennis very much.


  • She really likes that new restaurant.


If you like something


  • She quite likes hiking in the mountains.


  • I like painting.


If you neither like nor dislike something


  • I don’t mind waking up early.


In reply to a question if you like something or not, you can say:


  • I don’t really care either way.


  • It’s all the same to me.


If you don’t like something


  • He doesn’t like commuting very much.


  • She’s not very fond of loud parties.


  • He’s not a great fan of reality TV shows.


  • Riding roller coasters isn’t really her thing.


  • I dislike cleaning the house.


If you really dislike something


  • I don’t like noisy places at all.


  • She can’t stand long flights.


  • He can’t bear dishonest people.


  • I hate riding a horse.


  • She detests rude behavior.


  • He loathes doing laundry.


Things to remember


  • Dislike is quite formal.


  • Fond of is normally used to talk about food or people.


  • The ‘oa’ in loathe rhymes with the ‘oa’ in boat.


Grammar Note


  • To talk about your general likes or dislikes, follow this pattern: like something or like doing something.


  • Remember that “I’d like…” is for specific present or future wishes.

“I like reading books” = I like reading generally.

“I’d like to read a book this afternoon” = I want to read at a specific time in the future.


Common mistake


  • Be careful where you put very much or a lot. These words should go after the thing that you like.


For example, “I like reading very much.” NOT “I like very much reading.”



Understanding and using these expressions will enrich your conversations and help you connect better with others by sharing your interests and tastes.



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