Dislikes - intermediate

there are many ways of saying that you don't like something in English. Here are ten of the more idiomatic phrases that we use to say that something is not to our taste.

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  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 These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. Phrases 1 and 2 are quite informal / spoken phrases. The level of dislike is not very strong. The speaker will probably agree to eat English food but won't enjoy it very much.
  2. In phrases 3 and 4, the speaker is saying that she doesn't feel anything about English food. This is more formal.
  3. Phrases in 5 are very strong. The speaker really does not want to ever eat English food again.
  4. Phrases 6, 7 and 8 are quite informal and saying that English food doesn't cause any emotion or reaction from the speaker. This is dismissive and considered quite negative.
  5. 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 ou don't like something.
  6. Phrase 6 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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