Communication is an important part of life, be it your professional or personal life. English is a language which is globally accepted for professional communication. We use English while conversing with others, while raising our support, opinion and suggestions. But, at times it becomes difficult to express our dislike or disapproval for something in English. Am I sounding rude? Is this too direct? We fear that we may annoy the other party if we use incorrect words or phrases. Don’t worry here are a few words or phrases which will help you dislike or disapprove for something you don’t like without sounding offensive.
5 ways to say you don’t like something
1. I’m not into it
This sentence is very casual. When you say you are not into something, it means you do not find it interesting or attractive.
- I’m not into lehanga choli this wedding season.
2. I am not fond it
Generally the phrase “To be fond of” means having a liking for or love for something or someone. So, not to be fond of something means you don’t like it very much. It is quite informal.
- Since Sridhar met with an accident, he’s not very fond of going for racing.
3. I don’t appreciate that
I don’t appreciate that is a polite way of disliking something. It’s mostly used in professional and serious conversations. “To appreciate” means to be grateful for something. So when we say “I am not grateful for this situation” it sounds polite.
- I don’t appreciate dancing in public.
4. I dislike it
The most common way of saying “I don’t like it”. However, it is very direct and might cause offense to some people.
- I dislike the way he behaves with me.
5. I am not a big fan of it
We use “To be a fan of something” to say we like something very much and which is used by lots of people. So, when we say “I am not a big fan” it means we do not like something very much.
- Don’t ask her to go to the Chinese restaurant! She’s not a fan of Manchurian.
6. I will pass
This means you are not interested in a suggestion.
- I have too much work right now, I will pass.
7. That’s not for me
It is a generic way of saying that something does not charm you and you are not interested.
- Everyone loves the Game of Thrones series but it’s not for me.
The above phrases along with your spoken English skills will help you face any situation with ease.
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