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Conversation Lesson 17: Expressing Dislikes. Tony: Hey, Jane, why aren’t you ready? It’s almost 7 o’clock! Jane: I’m sorry, Tony. I’m not going. I have to study. Tony: But you can study later. Don’t you want to go? Jane: No, not really. I don’t like dinner parties.

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Conversation lesson 17 expressing dislikes

Conversation Lesson 17: Expressing Dislikes


Conversation lesson 17 expressing dislikes

Tony: Hey, Jane, why aren’t you ready? It’s almost 7 o’clock!

Jane: I’m sorry, Tony. I’m not going. I have to study.

Tony: But you can study later. Don’t you want to go?

Jane: No, not really. I don’t like dinner parties.

Tony: But what can I tell the Millers?

Jane: Tell them I’m sick.

Tony: But you aren’t sick. Come on, Jane. I don’t like to lie.

Jane: And I don’t like to go to dinner parties.


Culture note

Culture Note

  • Expressions to show dislikes also convey different degrees of displeasure.

  • Generally speaking, the more informal the expression is, the stronger the degree of displeasure it implies.

  • For example, the expression “I hate . . .”, used in an informal situation, often expresses a strong degree of displeasure.


To express dislikes you can say

To Express Dislikes You Can Say . . .

I’m not fond of . . .

I don’t (particularly) care for . . .

I don’t enjoy . . .

I don’t like . . .

I dislike . . .

I can’t stand/bear . . .

I hate . . .


To agree with other s dislikes you can say

To Agree with Other’s Dislikes You Can Say . . .

I’m not either. / I don’t either. / I can’t either.

Neither am I. / Neither do I. / Neither can I.

Me neither.

I am too.

So am I.

I do too.

So do I.

Me too.


Conversation lesson 17 expressing dislikes

To Disagree with Other’s Dislikes You Can Say . . .

Oh? / Really?


Practice expressing dislikes

Practice Expressing Dislikes

  • Work in pairs.

  • Read each of the following situations and practice expressing dislikes.


Expressing dislikes situation 1

Expressing Dislikes – Situation 1

You and your classmate.

You and your classmate are standing in front of a dining hall on campus. You tell your classmate that you don’t like eating at this dining hall and you give him/her your reasons. Your classmate agrees with you and he/she also tells you why he/she doesn’t like to eat at this dining hall.


Expressing dislikes situation 2

Expressing Dislikes – Situation 2

You and your friend.

Another week-long holiday is drawing near. You and your friend are planning a tour away from home and discuss how to travel together. You hold different opinions: you are in favor of a group tour, but he/she insists that the two of you should travel on your own. Give reasons for your preference.


Expressing dislikes situation 3

Expressing Dislikes – Situation 3

You and your business partner.

Because your company is growing, you have to find a new office building but you don’t want to have your new office in a tall and modern building in the downtown area. After you tell your business partner why you have such an idea, he/she disagrees. He/She tells you why he/she prefers to work in a tall and modern building in the downtown area.


Expressing dislikes situation 4

Expressing Dislikes – Situation 4

You and your colleague.

You don’t like your boss. After your boss is promoted and is about to leave next week, your colleague wants to give him/her a going-away gift. However, when he/she explains to you why he/she plans to do so, you dislike the idea and give your reasons.


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