Likes - Intermediate

There are many different phrases that English people use when they like something. Here are ten of the more idiomatic phrases you might hear in the UK.

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  1. I'm a big fan of Indian food.
  2. I'm (absolutely) crazy about it.
  3. I'm quite partial to spicy things.
  4. I'm really into it (in a big way).
  5. You can't beat a good (Indian meal).
  6. Give me Thai food any day.
  7. I'm particularly fond of hot curries.
  8. There's nothing I like more than...
  9. Thai food is what I live for.
  10. What I wouldn't give for a Thai curry!
How To Use These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. Phrases 1 and 2 are saying quite strongly that speaker really likes Indian food. Phrase 2 is a bit stronger than phrase 1.
  2. Phrase 3 is a bit more formal and more restrained than phrases 1 and 2.
  3. In phrase 4, we can make the basic expression 'into it' stronger by adding 'really' and much stronger with 'in a big way'. It is a very informal expression.
  4. Phrases 5, 6 and 8 are saying that the speaker thinks something is best and that nothing else is better.
  5. Phrase 7 is quite strong but a more formal expression that can be used in writing and in polite company.
  6. Phrase 9 is almost certainly an exaggeration. It is saying that Thai food is the most (only) important thing in the speaker's life.
  7. Phrase 10 is very informal and again quite exaggerated. The speaker is saying that the speaker would anything (or everything they have) for a Thai curry.

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