Like, vs. dislike, agree vs disagree

Expressing likes and dislikes

To talk about your likes and dislikes, you can use these expressions.

Expressing likes:

I like…
I love…
I adore…
I ‘m crazy about…
I’m mad about…
I enjoy…
I’m keen on…

Expressing dislikes:

I don’t like…
I dislike…
I hate…
I abhor…
I can’t bear…
I can’t stand…
I detest…
I loathe…

Examples of likes and dislikes :

I’m mad about basketball, but I can’t bear ice hockey.
I adore reading poetry, but I loathe doing the housework.

If you neither like nor dislike something:

“I don’t mind doing the housework.”

Things to remember about likes and dislikes:

1. When these expressions are followed by a verb, the latter is put in the -ing form.
Examples:

“I like listening to music.”
“I hate wearing sunglasses.”

I like
VERB+ING
I detest
I don’t mind
2. Note that” very much” & ” a lot” always come after the things you like.
Examples:

“I like basketball very much/a lot. NOT” I like very much/a lot basketball.”

3. Be careful when you use “I don’t mind…”
Examples:

“Do you mind playing football?”
“No, I don’t mind.”(Although it’s in a negative form, it means that it’s ok for me. I neither love it nor hate it.)

Dialogue:

Steve is at home. His girlfriend comes in…Notice how they express their likes and dislikes

Steve          : Hello, darling. Do you fancy watching a film tonight?
Girlfriend : Oh, no thanks, I don’t really feel like watching a film tonight. How about going out instead.
Steve          : OK. Do you feel like going to the theater?
Girlfriend: Oh, no. I hate it. Do you like eating at the new Chinese restaurant?
Steve       : I don’t mind. The Chinese cuisine is alright.
Girlfriend: Well I really love it. Let’s go.

AGREEMENT and DISAGREEMENT

Here are some expressions you can use to agree and disagree. You will need to use these expressions in a discussion activity.

Agreeing

That’s right!
Absolutely!
Exactly!
Me too!
Yes, I agree!
I totally agree!
I couldn’t agree more!
I see exactly what you mean!

You’re right. That’s a good point.

Disagreeing

I don’t agree!
I totally disagree!
Absolutely not!
That’s not right!
I’m not sure about that.

Partly agreeing

I agree up to a point, but …
I see your point, but …
That’s partly true, but …
I’m not so sure about that.

It is always a good idea to justify your opinions. Don’t just say ‘I agree’, but say ‘I agree because I think that … (explain your reason).

Expressions for Agreeing, Disagreeing, Suggesting Alternatives, and Interrupting

Below are some useful expressions for agreeing, disagreeing, suggesting alternatives, and interrupting.

 

Agreeing
I completely agree. (strong)
You’re absolutely right. (strong)
I couldn’t agree more. (strong)
Exactly.
You’re right.
I agree.
I guess so. (weak)
You could be right. (weak)
You may have a point there. (weak)
Disagreeing
I completely disagree. (strong)
I totally disagree. (strong)
I disagree.
That’s not always true.
That’s not always the case.
I’m not so sure about that.  (weak)
I don’t know if I agree with you. (weak)
Acknowledging someone’s argument and presenting yours
I agree with you, but…
That may be true, but…
I see your point, but…
I guess so, but…
That’s not necessarily true because…
Not necessarily because…
Countering  Directly
But…
But why…?
But if…
But what about…
Interrupting
Sorry to interrupt, but…
Can I add something?
Sorry, you were saying… (after interrupting someone)
Please let me finish. (after being interrupted)
Redirecting
Let’s get back to…
Getting back to…
You were saying that…