B2 speaking expression for your likes and dislikes – FORMAL and INFORMAL
INSTEAD OF LIKE
- To be into (verbing/noun): something you really enjoy. (INFORMAL)
They are into learning about different cultures and customs from other countries around the world.
- Something appeals to someone : When you like the idea of something.
The idea of travelling and working in various countries abroad has always appealed to me/to her/to him.
- To be attracted to
I’m attracted to jobs in the tourist industry
I’m attracted to Peter (careful – this always means in a romantic sense
- To have a soft spot for : to have a liking to someone or something. (INFORMAL)
I have always had a soft spot for Brad Pitt.
- To be keen on / to be fond of (verbing or noun) : when you like/enjoy something. (INFORMAL)
Charlotte has always been fond of learning about the history of her country.
- Can´t bear the thought of (verbing): doesn’t want to think about it ! (INFORMAL)
Juan can´t bear the thought of doing his English speaking exam tomorrow.
- To be not looking forward to (verbing) :
Claire is not looking forward to starting her new job in London.
DETEST: Stronger than DISLIKE!
- Can´t put up with (verbing or noun) : when you detest something
We can´t put up with the noise from the street anymore! (INFORMAL)
She can’t put up with living at home with her mother!
- Can´t stand it when (noun) :
I can´t stand it when people throw their rubbish on the pavement. (INFORMAL)
- To loathe:
Sam loathes people who chew when they are eating their food. (STRONG, FORMAL)