The many ways of saying “I like…” – Avoiding repetition in language use

“Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations.”
Edward Sapir, Language: an Introduction to the Study of Speech 

The beauty of a language lies in its variety. What is great about a language is the many ways that a person can express themselves and rephrase sentences that in fact, mean the same thing. Indeed languages can be tricky at first because there are so many different ways of saying even the simplest of things. Let´s take the verb ´LIKE´for instance. The various ways of expressing the fact that YOU LIKE SOMETHING make English so great. If you would like to look into vocabulary learning techniques, take a look at 28. Vocabulary Tricks – Useful advice to learn new vocabulary



Taking a closer look at LIKE, we can express it in these ways:



I love watching TV on the weekends.



We adore reading history books.



He enjoys meeting up with his friends to have a drink.


Be keen on

I am keen on working out at the gym.


Be fond of

Are you fond of reading comics?


Be into

I´m into looking up new words online to improve my vocabulary.


Be big on

She is big on playing football at the park.


Be a fan of

You are a fan of doing sport in a team as it is more sociable.


Be crazy about

We are crazy about watching TV series on Netflix.


Be mad about

He is mad about his new job, ge gets on with his boss too.


Find appealing

I find it appealing to meet new people from different cultures.


Take a fancy to

She seems to have taken a fancy to classical music recently.


Take to

I have taken to learning languages in my free time.


Be pleased by

The teacher is pleased by the work you have done recently-


Get into

I have got into cycling over the last few years.


Show satisfaction with

I must show my satisfaction with your comments about the coursework.




Then later if we take into account the different ways of saying DISLIKE, it becomes even more interesting:



They detest spending time with their cousins.



We despise having to clean the house in the evening.



I loathe this song, it reminds me of a bad time in my life.



She hates him with a passion, their divorce ruined their relationship.


Can´t stand

They can´t stand doing science experiments at school.


Feel distaste for

I am told that the new boss feels distaste for impunctual employees.


Object to

I object to being spoken to like that.


Go off

I have gone off dating online, it´s not what I thought it would be.


Show hostility towards

The manages always seems to show hostility towards his employees, especially when they fail to meet targets.


Have an aversion to

You have an aversion to that type of work.


Expressing our likes and dislikes is a key part of speaking and writing. It is essential for us to be able to use language well and also helps us with rephrasing. Here are some posts for you to apply this to exam situations.


How to do rephrasing B1 (Preliminary English Test) – FREE PDF QUESTIONS

How to write a review for the B2 FCE Cambridge ESOL exams – FREE EXAMPLE QUESTIONS






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