lunes, 12 de mayo de 2014

Dislikes / Useful expressions

1. I'm not too keen on English food.
2. I'm not a big a fan of English food.
3. I can't work up any enthusiasm for it.
4. I'm not particularly fond of English food.
5. I can't stand it/I really hate it.
6. English food: I can take it or leave it.
7. English food leaves me cold.
8. I can't see what all the fuss is about.
9. I'm afraid it doesn't appeal to me.
10. I would rather cut off my right arm than...

How to use the language: 

Phrases 1 and 2 are quite informal phrases. The degree of dislike is not very strong. The speaker will probably agree to eat English food but won't enjoy it very much.

In phrases 3 and 4, the speaker is saying that she doesn't feel anything positive about English food. This is more formal.

The phrases in 5 are very strong. The speaker really does not want to ever eat English food again.

Phrases 6, 7 and 8 are quite informal and are saying that English food doesn't cause any emotions or reactions from the speaker. This is dismissive and considered quite negative.

Phrase 9 is more formal and is saying that the speaker doesn't enjoy English food. This is a reasonably polite way of saying that you don't like something.

Phrase 10 is an exaggerated and humorous way of saying the speaker really, really hates something. It can also be quite impolite if used at the wrong time.

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