Module 5, Unit 7

“Asking About Likes and Dislikes”

Base Sentences – (691-705)

691 What is it you don’t like about winter weather?

691 ¿Qué es lo que no te gusta de clima de invierno?

692 I don’t like it when the weather gets real cold.

692 No me gusta cuando el clima se pone frío real.

693 I can’t stand summer weather.

693 No puedo soportar el clima de verano.

694 The thing I don’t like about driving is all the traffic on the road.

694 Lo que no me gusta de conducir es todo el tráfico en la carretera.

695 He doesn’t like the idea of going to bed early.

695 que no le gusta la idea de ir a la cama temprano.

696 I like to play tennis, but I’m not a very good player.

696 Me gusta jugar al tenis, pero no soy un jugador muy bueno.

697 I don’t like spinach even though I know it’s good for me.

697 No me gusta la espinaca, aunque sé que es bueno para mí.

698 I’m afraid you’re being too particular about your food.

698 Me temo que estás siendo demasiado particular sobre su comida.

699 He always finds fault with everything.

699 Él siempre encuentra defectos en todo.

700 She doesn’t like anything I do or say.

700 que no le gusta nada de lo que haga o diga.

701 You have wonderful taste in clothes.

701 Tienes maravilloso gusto en el vestir.

702 What’s your favorite pastime?

702 ¿Cuál es tu pasatiempo favorito?

703 What did you like best about the movie?

703 ¿Qué más le gusta de la película?

704 I didn’t like the taste of the medicine, but I took it anyway.

704 que no le gustaba el sabor de la medicina, pero lo tomé de todos modos.

705 Why do you dislike the medicine so much?

705 ¿Por qué no les gusta la medicina tanto?

Verb Study

1. can’t stand, couldn’t stand (something or somebody) =

(A) I can’t stand summer weather. (B) If you can’t stand summer weather, why don’t you go north? (C) She can’t stand the winter, and she is miserable in summer. (D) She couldn’t stand me, and I couldn’t stand her.(A) No puedo soportar el clima de verano. (B) Si no puedes soportar el clima de verano, ¿por qué no te vas al norte? (C) Ella no puede soportar el invierno, y ella es miserable en verano. (D) No me soportaba, y yo no podía soportarla.

2. play => played, playing, plays

(A) I like to play tennis, but I’m not a very good player. (B) He played baseball all afternoon yesterday. (C) I have a friend who plays chess. (D) Have you ever played tennis with Mr. Cooper? (E) We’re playing bridge right now. We’ll be finished in an hour. (A) Me gusta jugar al tenis, pero no soy un jugador muy bueno. (B) Se jugó béisbol toda la tarde de ayer. (C) Tengo un amigo que juega al ajedrez. (D) ¿Alguna vez ha jugado al tenis con el Sr. Cooper? (E) Estamos jugando al bridge en estos momentos. Vamos a terminar en una hora.

3. find fault (with) => [found fault with], finding fault with, finds fault with

(A) He always finds fault with everything. (B) Did he find fault with anything you said? (C) He found fault with everything I did. (D) I’ve never found fault with anything you’ve ever done. (A) El siempre critica a todo. (B) ¿Se enoja con todo lo que dijiste? (C) Se encontró fallas en todo lo que hacía. (D) nunca he encontrado ningún fallo con cualquier cosa que hayas hecho en tu vida.

4. dislike => disliked, dislikes

(A) Why do you dislike the medicine so much? (B) You don’t dislike John, do you? (C) He doesn’t really dislike you, does he? (D) I don’t know why I dislike spinach. (A) ¿Por qué no te gusta la medicina tanto? (B) No desagrada John, ¿verdad? (C) En realidad no te disgustan, ¿verdad? (D) No sé por qué me gustan las espinacas.

5. like (best or best of all) => liked best, likes best

(A) What did you like best about the movie? (B) Of all the movies you saw last year, which did you like best? (C) Did you like your language teacher best of all? anda? (D) What did he like best about the restaurant? (A) ¿Qué mejor acerca de la película gusta? (B) De todas las películas que vimos el año pasado, lo que te gustó más? (C) ¿Te gustó el profesor de lengua lo mejor de todo? Anda? (D) ¿Qué es lo que más le gusta sobre el restaurante?

6. object (to) => objected to, objecting to, objects to

(A) Why do you object to cleaning the house? (B) He always objects to taking his medicine. (C) The lawyer objected to the decision. (A) ¿Por qué usted se opone a la limpieza de la casa? (B) Siempre objetos para tomar su medicamento. (C) El abogado se opuso a la decisión.

Word/Phrase Substitution Drills

1a What is it you don’t like about winter weather?

1b What is it you particularly dislike about winter weather?

1c What is it you especially don’t like about winter weather?

1d What is it you hate about winter weather?

1e What is it you like so much about winter weather?

1f What is it you find so attractive about winter weather?

2a I don’t like it when the weather gets real cold.

2b I don’t like it when the weather gets very cold.

2c I don’t like it when the weather gets really cold.

2d I don’t like it when the weather gets unusually cold.

2e I don’t like it when the weather gets uncomfortably cold.

2f I don’t like it when the weather gets terribly cold.

2g I don’t like it when the weather gets miserably cold.

3a I can’t stand summer weather.

3b I can’t take summer weather.

3c I especially dislike summer weather.

3d I bitterly hate summer weather.

3e I simply can’t take summer weather.

4a The thing I don’t like about driving is all the traffic on the road.

4b The thing I don’t like about flying is all the other planes in the air.

4c The thing I don’t like about photography is all the expense.

4d The thing I don’t like about walking is all the exercise you get.

5a He doesn’t like the idea of going to bed early.

5b He doesn’t like the idea of getting up early.

5c He doesn’t like the idea of sleeping eight hours every night.

5d He doesn’t like the idea of working long hours.

5e He doesn’t like the idea of getting married too young.

6a I like to play tennis, but I’m not a very good player.

6b I like to play ping-pong, but I’m not a very good player.

6c I like to play bridge, but I’m not a very good player.

6d I like to play golf, but I’m not a very good player.

6e I like to play card games, but I’m not a very good player.

6f I like to play chess, but I’m not a very good player.

6g I like to play checkers, but I’m not a very good player.

7a I don’t like spinach even though I know it’s good for me.

7b I don’t like spinach even though I know it makes me strong.

7c I don’t like spinach even though I know it makes me healthy.

7d I don’t like spinach even though I know I have to eat it.

8a I’m afraid you’re being too particular about your food.

8b I’m afraid you’re being too fussy about your food.

8c I’m afraid you’re being too difficult about your food.

8d I’m afraid you’re being too cautious about your food.

8e I’m afraid you’re being too critical about your food.

9a He always finds fault with everything.

9b He always sees something wrong with everything.

9c He always sees the negative side of everything.

9d He always objects to everything.

9e He always is critical of everything.

10a She doesn’t like anything I do or say.

10b She doesn’t pay any attention to anything I do or say.

10c She doesn’t ever appreciate anything I do or say.

10d She doesn’t give any importance to anything I do or say.

11a You have wonderful taste in clothes.

11b You have excellent taste in clothes.

11c You have exceptionally good taste in clothes.

11d You have amazingly good taste in clothes.

11e You have unbelievably good taste in clothes.

11f You have remarkably good taste in clothes.

11g You have marvelous taste in clothes.

12a What’s your favorite pastime.

12b What’s your favorite game.

12c What’s your favorite hobby.

12d What’s your favorite kind of animal.

12e What’s your favorite musical instrument.

12f What’s your favorite baseball team.

12g What’s your favorite kind of entertainment.

13a What did you like best about the movie?

13b What did you like best about the novel?

13c What did you like best about the last TV program you saw?

13d What did you like best about the book you’ve just finished reading?

13e What did you like best about the play you’ve just seen?

14a I didn’t like the taste of the medicine, but I took it anyway.

14b I didn’t like the looks of the medicine, but I took it anyway.

14c I didn’t like the smell of the medicine, but I took it anyway.

15a Why do you dislike the medicine so much?

15b Why do you dislike taking your medicine so much?

15c Why do you dislike hard work so much?

15d Why do you dislike cleaning house so much?

15e Why do you dislike housekeeping so much?

15f Why do you dislike doing the laundry so much?

Reading Practice

There was a very interesting story in this morning’s newspaper about a man who had just received an inheritance of a million dollars. The newspaper account was quite detailed. It said the man behaves very strangely. What others like, he dislikes, and what most people enjoy, he doesn’t care for. Había una historia muy interesante en el periódico de esta mañana acerca de un hombre que acababa de recibir una herencia de un millón de dólares. El relato periodístico fue muy detallada. Dijo que el hombre se comporta de manera extraña. Lo que a otros les gusta, que no le gusta, y lo que la mayoría de la gente disfruta, él no le importa.

For example, most people enjoy summer weather when they can wear lightweight clothes. No one else would think of wearing a long coat and a hat on a hot day, but he does. He says he can’t stand the sun, but he’ll take long walks in the rain without a raincoat or an umbrella. Por ejemplo, la mayoría de las personas disfrutan de tiempo de verano cuando se puede llevar ropa ligera. Nadie pensaría que llevaba un abrigo largo y un sombrero en un día caluroso, pero no lo hace. Él dice que no puede soportar el sol, pero que va a dar largos paseos por la lluvia sin un impermeable o un paraguas.

He’s extremely particular about selecting the correct tie to wear with his suit, but it doesn’t bother him if his shirt is dirty or his suit isn’t pressed. Él es muy particular acerca de la selección del lazo correcto para llevar con su traje, pero no le molesta si la camisa está sucia o no se pulsa el traje.

He always sees the negative side of everything. He finds fault with the best movie of the year, but stays awake until two a.m. watching very old movies on television. Él siempre ve el lado negativo de todo. Se critica a la mejor película del año, pero se queda despierto hasta las dos estoy viendo películas muy antiguas en la televisión.

Even his taste in food is peculiar. He drinks warm water and cold tea, eats raw eggs and can’t stand fresh fruit. Incluso su sabor en los alimentos es peculiar. Bebe agua caliente y té frío, come huevos crudos y no puede soportar la fruta fresca.

Last week his uncle died and left him the million dollars. Perhaps the uncle was rather odd, too. Or maybe he knew about his nephew’s strange preferences—one of them, anyway—and decided to try to cure him. La semana pasada, su tío murió y le dejó el millón de dólares. Quizás el tío era bastante extraño, también. O tal vez lo que sabía sobre las preferencias extraña y uno de su sobrino de ellos, de todos modos, y decidió tratar de curarlo.

In his will, the old man insisted that the nephew spend half the inheritance within the next five years. If he didn’t, the money would be given to a university. En su testamento, el anciano insistió en que el sobrino de pasar la mitad de la herencia en los próximos cinco años. Si no lo hizo, el dinero que se le daría a una universidad.

Everyone is anxious to know what the nephew will do. You see, he likes to buy things, but he hates to spend money. Todo el mundo está ansioso por saber lo que el sobrino va a hacer. Usted ve, le gusta comprar cosas, pero él odia que gastar dinero.

Questions

1. What are some of the strange preferences of the man in the story?

2. What happened last week?

3. What did the uncle insist on in his will?

4. Why do you suppose the uncle wrote his will in this way?

5. Do you think the nephew will spend half the money in the next five years?

6. What would you buy if you had to spend half a million dollars in five years?

Conversation

WAITER: May I take your order now? DONALD: Yes, I think we’re’ ready to order. Elizabeth, what would you like to have? ELIZABETH: I haven’t made up my mind yet. You order first, Donald. DONALD: All right. I’ll start with chicken soup. Then I want a steak, medium rare. I’ll have a baked potato, green beans, and a tossed salad.I’ll order dessert later. WAITER: Yes, sir. And you, miss. What would you like to have? ELIZABETH: I can’t decide. I don’t see anything I really like. WAITER: There are over thirty dishes to select from, miss. DONALD: There ought to be something you like, Elizabeth. ELIZABETH: Well, I guess so. But I only see food that I don’t like. I don’t care for chicken and I can’t stand fish. Do you have any oysters? WAITER: No, miss. I’m afraid not. How about some other seafood? ELIZABETH: Oysters are the only seafood I like; I dislike the rest. DONALD: I wish I could think of something for you. WAITER: May I suggest cream of tomato soup, steak with mushroom gravy, asparagus, and buttered cauliflower. For dessert—strawberry pie with ice cream? ELIZABETH: No, that isn’t my idea of a good meal. I’ll have a hamburger. That’s my favorite dish. I have it every day.

Word List

amazingly

animal

bitterly

bridge

card

cautious

checkers

chess

critical

entertainment

especially

expense

fussy

golf

hobby

housekeeping

instrument

miserably

musical

negative

particular

particularly

pastime

photography

ping-pong

player

real

remarkably

simply

smell

taste

team

tennis

terribly

though

traffic

unbelievably

uncomfortably

unusually

Verb Forms

appreciate

despise

dislike

hate

object (to)

Expressions

can’t stand

can’t take

clean house

do the laundry

find attractive

find fault (with)

get cold

give importance (to)

have taste (in)

pay attention (to)

take medicine

Supplementary Word List 

(Conversation and Reading Practice)

hamburger

inheritance

million

oyster

preference

seafood

umbrella

will