Expressing opinions-likes- and dislikes

Expressing opinions
Expressing opinions

Conversation: Getting acquainted
L a u re n : Hi—you must be Sarah. I can tell from your picture. I’m Lauren.
Finally we meet! So were going to be roomies this semester!
S a r a h : Yes, I recognize you from your photo, too! I’m so glad to meet you
in person—and I see from your T-shirt that you like baseball. I’m a big
fan, too!
L a u re n : Well, the T-shirt was a going-away present from my brother,
who’s a baseball player. Look on the back—it has a photo of all the players
on his team. They actually won the city championship this summer.
S a r a h : That’s awesome. I tell you, I’m not very athletic, but I love to watch
baseball, even if it’s a Little League game. You could say I’m a
professional spectator. What about you, do you play a sport?
L a u re n : Yes, I play tennis. As a matter of fact, I have a scholarship, and
I’m going to play for the university Now tell me, what else do you like
to do?
Sa r a h : Well—what I like to do best is dance. I’m studying classical ballet,
but I also like to dance to popular music.
L a u re n : Cool. We have a lot in common. I like to dance, too. Think you’ll
be up for checking out the local clubs this weekend?
S a r a h : Oh, yeah. And the restaurants, too. Speaking of which—are you
hungry? I’d love to grab a bite before it gets too late. I’m starving!
L a u re n : Are you kidding me? I’m always up for going out! How about
trying the place up the street? I’m kind of hungry for a good hamburger.
Sa r a h : Lauren, w hat do you th in k o f our room?
L a u re n : To be honest with you, I really can’t stand that dark color on the
walls. It’s, like, really depressing. I prefer light colors. Plus, I’d like to
change the rug and the bedspreads. Do you like them?
Sa r a h : No, I agree with you. They’re horrible. With a couple of coats of
paint and a few small changes, we’ll make this room comfortable and
cozy. Everybody will want to hang out here.
L a u re n : Man, I’m so relieved! I think we’re really going to get along. I’m
going to call my mom right now and tell her how cool my new roomie is.
Improving your conversation
Like has a number of different meanings and uses. What do you like? asks what things a person
finds pleasing.
Do you like ice cream? Yes, I do./No, I don’t.
What kind of ice cream do you like? I like vanilla. My sister likes chocolate.
What do you like to do? asks what activities a person enjoys.
What do you like to do on weekends? I like to relax and go out with friends.
Would you like . . . ? is a polite way of asking what someone wants.
What would you like for your birthday? I would like a big party.
What would you like to do today? I would like to go to the movies with you.
Pm/she’s/he’s/etc. like . . . is often inserted into a conversation to emphasize what someone
is currently feeling or thinking. This is especially common among young people.
I’m like really mad at him.
She’s like scared to death.
It’s like the worst movie I’ve ever seen.
Love, when it refers to a person or people, indicates deep affection. When love begins, there is
often a feeling of great excitement, called being in love.
Her husband loves her, but she is no longer in love with him.
Love, when it refers to a thing, indicates a thing or an activity that a person finds very
Do you like ice cream? Yes, I love it!/No, I don’t like it.
Do you like to go shopping? Yes, I love it!/No, I don’t like to.
Would you like to dance? I’d love to!/I’m sorry; I promised someone else.
What do you think of… ?
What do you think of this? is a way of asking someone’s opinion of something.
What do you think of the new teacher? She’s strict, but I think she’s great. I like her.
Are you kidding me?
Are you kidding me? is an expression that indicates that something is so true—or untrue—that
it doesn’t need to be said.
Do you like to dance? Are you kidding me? I’d rather dance than eat!
Would you like to go shopping Are you kidding me? I have to study!
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Up for
To be up for something means to want to do it.
Are you up for going to the movies with us? Yes, I’d love to go.
I’m not really up for doing anything tonight.
I’m too tired.
Alternative expressions are to feel like doing something or to be in the mood for (doing)
Do you feel like going to a museum? No, I’m not in the mood for (going to) a
museum today.
To stand means to tolerate/to accept.
It’s pretty hot today, but I can stand it.
He went home because he couldn’t stand the hot sun.
Can’t stand often means to not like.
He says he can’t stand his little sister, but we know it’s not true.
Big fan
To (not) be a (big) fan indicates that someone does or does not like something.
I like movies, but I’m not a big fan of science fiction.
Other ways of indicating something one likes include awesome/cool/fantastic/great/
College is awesome. My professors are cool, the classes are fantastic, the nightlife is great,
and my friends are amazing.
These words are interchangeable—all of them work in the positions of the others.
College is great/fantastic/cool/amazing. My professors are awesome/fantastic/amazing,
the classes are awesome/cool/great/amazing, the nightlife is awesome/cool/fantastic/
amazing, and my friends are awesome/cool/fantastic/great.
Other ways of indicating dislike include horrible/terrible/depressing/gross/disgusting.
I didn’t like that show; I thought it was horrible. The plot was depressing, and the dancing
was gross.
Going-away present
A going-away present is a gift customarily given to someone who is leaving for an extended
period, perhaps to go to college, to move to another area, or to work in another place.
They gave me a picture of everyone in the office as a going-away present when I left for my
new job.
Tell is used in a number of expressions. It is followed by an object pronoun {melyoulherlhimlusl
them), the name of a person, or a word that refers to a person or people (friend(s), parent(s), etc.).
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Tell me is a way of asking someone to relate information.
Call me and tell me about your classes.
After tell me, the subject-verb order of a question using the verb be is reversed.
Who is she? Tell me who she is.
What are you doing? Tell me what you are doing.
With all other verbs, the do/does is dropped, and the verb is conjugated normally.
What do you do? Tell me what you do.
Where do they go? Tell me where they go.
When does he get in? Tell me when he gets in.
Don’t tell me indicates that you fear a certain answer.
Don’t tell me you’re sick! (I’m afraid you’re sick!)
I tell you indicates that you really mean what you are going to say.
I tell you, the dorm is really gross!
I’m telling you, it looks like rain.
Tell is used with the truth, with or without an object pronoun.
He always tells (me) the truth.
Can tell indicates the ability to know something without being told. It is followed by a new
clause with a subject and verb.
I can tell (that) you had a good day by that smile on your face!
Can you tell I’ve been crying?
Say indicates making an utterance but without indicating that it is directed at any particular
What did he say? He said that he didn’t know the answer.
Say to + an object pronoun or a person’s name can be used to indicate information directed
at a particular person or people.
What did he say to you?/What did he tell you?
You could/might say indicates a suggested conclusion.
You could say she’s in love.
You might say the cafeteria food is gross.
To speak means to use a language orally.
They don’t speak English at home.
She lost her front teeth and speaks with a lisp.
The teacher spoke for almost two hours.
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Speaking of which is an expression that indicates that something mentioned reminds one
of other information about it.
I’m going to apply to the state university. Speaking of which, did you know Melissa is going
Our state representative is up for reelection. Speaking of which, I heard she is coming to
speak at our school next week.
Finally indicates relief that something long awaited has happened. It goes after a conjugated verb.
I’ve been looking for my keys all day, and I’ve finally found them.
An expression with the same meaning is at last, which goes at the beginning or end of the
At last I’ve found them!
I’ve found them at last!
So has many different uses. In the example conversation it introduces information that both
people already know.
So this is your new car. Will you take me for a ride?
So you’re getting married! Congratulations!
Actually/as a matter of fact
Actually and as a matter of fact often have the same function. They have many different uses. In
the example conversation they indicate that a fact is a little surprising but of interest to the other
So you’re an Arabic teacher! I actually studied Arabic in college.
I want you to meet my sister. As a matter of fact, she’ll be here in a few minutes.
Even if
Even if can introduce a fact that seems a little hard to believe.
I’m going to finish this paper even if I have to work on it all night.
Plus adds additional information that reinforces an opinion or argument.
I like him. He’s really nice. Plus, he’s good-looking.
To be honest with you
The phrase to be honest with you introduces a statement that you think a person might not want
to hear.
Thank you for inviting me to the movies, but to be honest with you, I’m not really a big fan
of horror movies.
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Yeah is an informal way of saying yes. It is pronounced with two syllables: “ye-uh.”
Man introduces something that the speaker feels strongly about. (It can be said to or by a male or
a female.)
Man, this course is really hard!
Man, I wish I could take a week off!
Man, your sister is beautiful!
Get along
Get along (with someone) means to live, work, or play with someone without problems or
He’s very easygoing. He gets along with everybody.
Tom and his brother don’t get along. They’re always fighting.
Hang out
To hang out means to do something socially with one or more other people.
We’re going to hang out at Jess’s house this afternoon. We’ll probably just listen to music,
maybe practice that new dance step.
Grab a bite
To grab a bite (to eat) means to get something to eat quickly.
We’re in a hurry to get there, so we’ll just grab a bite to eat at a fast-food place.
Roomie is an informal name for a person who shares a bedroom or home with you.
How do you like your new roomie?
A scholarship is a prize or an award that provides money that enables someone to attend a private
school or university.
I’m hoping to get a scholarship so I can go away to college next year.
Little League
Little League is an organization that teaches baseball to children, organizes them into teams, and
arranges games and tournaments for them.
He just loves baseball. He’s been playing it ever since he was in Little League.
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Write a question using like for each of the following answers.
1. _________________________________________________________
I’d love to have dinner with you.
2. ________________________________________________________
No, I don’t like fast-food restaurants.
3. ______________________________________________________________
We’d like to go to the mountains.
4. _____________________________________________________________________
I like to go skiing then.
5. ______________________________________________________________
No, I’m not in the mood for doing that today.
6. _________________________________________________________________________________________
Cherries are my favorite.
7. ______________________________________________________________
I don’t know what he likes to do.
8. ______________________________________________________________
No. She prefers vanilla.
9. ______________________________________________________________
Yes, I love it!
10. _______________________________________________________________
Yes, I’d love to!
Fill in each blank with the correct form of say, speak, or tell, as appropriate.
1. It’s important that y o u _________________________ the truth.
2. Her children_________________________ Spanish, Italian, and English.
3. Did y o u _________________________ him my secret?
4. What did h e _________________________ to you?
5. What did h e _________________________ you?
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6. Can y o u _________________________ we’ve been fighting?
7. ___________________________ what you think.
8. Please d o n ‘t_________________________that about us.
9. Please d o n ‘t_________________________ my parents where we went.
10. D on’t_________________________ me you missed the bus again!
11.1 you, that movie is great!
12. Mom called? What did she_________________________ ?
each question to a statement beginning with “Tell me…”
1. Where are you going?
2. What are they doing?
3. How do you get there?
4. When do you study?
5. Why is she crying?
6. What tim e do we leave?
7. Who are you texting?
8. How much does it cost?
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Match the words or expressions in the first column with words or expressions in the second
column that have a similar meaning. Note: There may be more than one match for each
1. great a. amazing
2. horrible b. awesome
3. can tell c. be a fan of
4. eat d. be in the mood for
5. like a lot e. be up for
6. not argue f. can’t stand
7. not tolerate g- care about
8. want to h. cool
9. think of i. depressing
10. love j- disgusting
k. fantastic
1. feel like
m. feel romantic about
n. get along with
0. grab a bite
P- gross
q- have an opinion about
r. know
Circle the word or expression that best completes each of the following sentences.
1. Why did you order this? You know I _________________________ this kind of food.
a. don’t get along with c. can’t stand
b. grab a bite with d. hang out with
2. She can afford to go to college. She has savings,_________________________ she got a
a. even if c. yeah
b. plus d. finally
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3. We are interested in buying the house we saw this afternoon__________________________ _ it’s
much nicer than we expected.
a. Actually c. Finally
b. Plus d. Even if
4. Do you like your new roomie? Yeah, I _________________________ with her pretty well.
a. hang out c. am honest
b. stand d. get along
5. I just saw the movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture__________________________ _
what did you think of the dress the actress wore at the ceremonies?
a. Are you kidding me? c. Speaking o f which
b. You m ight say d. I tell you
Circle the most appropriate response to each of the following questions or statements.
1. What did you think of her dress?
a. Are you kidding me? It was gross, c. Actually, I’m not up for it.
b. Man, I don’t get along with it. d. I can tell you’re honest with me.
2. Would you like to have dinner with me at the new Chinese restaurant?
a. Plus, my roomie’s going. c. To be honest with you, I can’t stand Chinese food.
b. Actually, I’m honest with you. d. You could grab a bite.
3. We’re on the boat. Come over and hang out with us!
a. I’m up for that.
b. I tell you, it’s depressing.
4. Man! I’m really hungry.
a. Let’s join Little League.
b. Let’s grab a bite to eat.
5. I’ve had a really bad day.
a. That’s awesome.
b. Even if it’s raining.
c. Speaking of which, I got the scholarship.
d. Plus, it’s fantastic.
c. You could say we don’t hang out there.
d. Speaking of which, I played in the Little League.
c. I can tell.
d. Even if you’re tired.
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appropriate remark or question for each of the following responses. Ask an
English-speaking friend to check your answers.
1. _
That’s awesome.
Speaking of which, I played in the Little League.
I tell you, it’s depressing.
I’m not in the mood for that.
As a matter of fact, I am.
6. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
You might say it’s a little difficult.
Don’t tell me you can’t go!
ite a conversation between two people in which they ask each other and tell each other
what they like and what they like to do. Ask an English-speaking friend to check it for you.
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Answer the following questions. Ask an English-speaking friend to check your answers.
1. What do you like to do when you hang out with your friends?
2. What kind of restaurants do you like?
3. Are you usually up for going to your favorite restaurant, even if you’re tired?
4. Where do you usually go to grab a bite to eat?
5. Is there anything you can’t stand? Why?
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Describing people,
places, and things
Conversation: Talking about roommates
E r ic : So, Michael, whats your new roommate like?
M ic h a e l: Well, if you have all day, I’ll describe him for you. He’s quite the
E r ic : I don’t have all day, dude—but basically—do you get along with him?
M ic h a e l: Actually, yeah—but that’s only because we hardly ever see each
other. The guy sleeps all day. Sometimes he gets up just to go to his
classes, and then he comes back to the room and goes back to bed. Then
he’ll get up at midnight and study all night.
E r ic : Really? You don’t eat together, then?
M ic h a e l: The truth is, I don’t even know when he eats, or where.
E r ic : Then at least he doesn’t leave a m ess in the kitchen.
M ic h a e l: No! The guy is incredibly neat. He actually leaves the bathroom
clean every day—and he doesn’t seem to have dirty clothes. He’s like
a ghost.
E r ic : Man, I think you have the perfect roommate!
M ic h a e l: What about yours? What’s he like?
E r ic : Well, he’s the exact opposite o f yours. W ere a lot alike, and we’re
together a lot. I mean, we have two classes together and we’re in the same
fraternity, so we’re really good friends.
M ic h a e l: Sounds to m e like you have the ideal room m ate!
E r ic : Well, yes—and no. Mine is a disaster in the house. In the first place,
he always leaves a mess in the kitchen; he doesn’t wash the dishes or take
out the trash. Plus, he throws his clothes all over the place. Not to
mention how he leaves the bathroom …
M ic h a e l: Come on, Eric—he sounds a lot like you. No wonder you get
along so well!


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