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    Vocabulary: likes and dislikes

    It is often useful and even necessary to indicate what we like and what we don't like. It's also indispensable to know what the people around us like or not...  Many expressions exist in English and it's important  to know their differences. 



    I) LIKES: 


    Kids are keen on playing together          an admirer


     To like something                To like doing/ to do 
     To be fond of  To be keen on sth 
     To enjoy To be mad/ crazy about

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





    - Tell me your likes and dislikes (what you like and what you don't like!)

    - I can't get enough of (I like it very much!)

    - Singing is my life! ("singing"= gerund)

    - He's into everything! 

    - I prefer flying to driving...It's much quicker... (I prefer V+ing to V+ing)



     To admire somebody for            admiring 
     Admiration an admirer 
     To love  To adore
     Attractive  To be drawn to sb  
     To be tempted by sth

    To be tempted=> temptation

    The idea tempts me!              




    abhor= loathe= detest


     To dislike sb/ sth

     To have a dislike for sb/sth            

     To take a dislike to sb/sth            

     To be fed up with (+ ing) 

     To be sick of (+ ing)

     I can't bear him

     I can't stand him 

     To hate  to detest/ to loathe 
     Hatred/ Hate/ detestation  hateful/ loathesome
     Full of hatred odious
     To abhor  disgusting/ revolting
     To repel repulsion 
     Repulsive revulsion 
     Off-putting (spoken) repugnant/ repugnance

     False friend: heinous: very evil and hateful



    - I can't stand his doing something/ I can't bear his doing : (British English) ////// I can't stand him doing something (American English)

    - To hate sb/ sth doing/ to do sg: to detest sb/ sth doing sg

    - one of his pet hates (annoys or bothers a person very much)

    - To feel disgust for

    - To be disgusted at sth/ by sth/ sb

    - to find sth disgusting/ to be repelled by sth

    - to put sb off sth


    The choice is wide. Yet, you won't have to know all the expressions...  Try to focus on the main ones, at first... The exercise is here to help! 

    Thanks for working with me! 


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    3. He was her immediately and knew they would spend their lives together forever.

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    10. “I me again and again. Do you think he’ll change one day?”

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