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    Vocabulary: wishes and preferences

    In lesson test we have studied the different  constructions enabling you to express a wish. In this one, we'll discover or revise the vocabulary which is necessary to express your wishes and preferences.. 




    I) WISHES: it's quite easy to know  and say what we would like and what we would like to change too...


    I feel like doing nothing


     A wish 
     To wish for something/ to do something
     To want something/ somebody to do something/ to do something  

     To feel like doing something /To have a good mind to do  

     To be eager / for something/ to do something
     To long for something/ A longing for something
     To crave for something/ a craving for 
     To be anxious to do/ to be keen to do 
     To be inclined to do/ to be prone to do   
     To yearn for something
     To dream of something/ to hanker after something/ for something                                                                               



                                                                Make my dreams come true...


    - His wish came true!  

    - I like the look of that cake/ I fancy that cake

    - This is wishful thinking! (imagining as actual/ real what is not.)


    This is just wishful thinking...


    II) PREFERENCES: we have to make choices and express what we prefer or like better.



    I'd as soon + verb                             = I prefer                     = I'd rather+ base verb 


     To prefer something to something else 
     Preferable/ a preference 
     Preferably/ in preference to 
     To favour/ favourite (adjective)
     To support a team/ a supporter    
     To be indifferent to something/ indifference                                                                                                                          




    - To have a marked preference for

    - To give sb preferential treatment

    - To be in favour with/ be out of favour with


    Give your preference: 

    - What would you rather do? 

    - Which would you rather have?/ Which do you like better?/ Which one do you prefer?

    - I'd rather go now

    - I'd as soon wait

    - I'd like to do that

    - I'd prefer to see him

    - I'd prefer it if

    - It would be better to do

    - I'd rather you didn't do that! 

    - It's all the same to me!/ I don't mind!

    - I don't care!/ I couldn't care less! 

    - It's six of one and half a dozen of the other! = It's all the same...

    - As you like! / Whatever you like! 

    - What you gain on the swings, you lose on the roundabouts! 




    There you are! Quite a few very common expressions.

    Now, you're ready for the test. A lot of thanks for working with me! 


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