11. Expression of dislike + used to

11. Expression of dislike + used to

Sam interviews homeless people.

Main Practice:  expression for disliking
Revision:             can't stand  -  Present Perfect  -  Phrasal Verbs

All these expressions mean strong dislike and are using followed by a noun, noun phrase or ing, i.e.
can't stand
can't bear
really dislike, ie
  • I can't stand / can't bear / detest / really dislike people who always come late to meetings.
  • He can't stand / can't bear / detests   /  really dislikes bad cooking.
  • She can't stand  /  can't bear  /  detests  /  really dislikes living in this town. She's got to move.

Other vocabulary in the conversation:
A Levels  -  the exams British teenagers take at the end of school to get into university.

(to go - to be) bankrupt - when a business has no money to pay it's debts and must close
                                                   down, i.e.
  • The company's gone bankrupt; all their shops are closed down now.

break up  -  (Phrasal Verb) - various meanings, here: to end a relationship, i.e.
  • My sister's marriage has broken up. It's very sad.
  • Sue and David are breaking up.

can't put up with - Phrasal Verb: can't accept or tolerate, also, dislike, i.e.
  • I can't put up with that noise. Please ask Paul to stop his drum practice.
  • She can't put up with rude people; they make her angry.
  • He can't put up with cold weather and goes to a hot country every winter.

(to) get on (with) - Phrasal Verb:
A) to have a good relationship with someone, i.e.
  • He gets on very well with his sister.
  • Everyone gets on well with Pat, she's a good boss.
  • She doesn't get on with her grandmother; they haven't spoken for years.
B) to describe a relationship with something, i.e.
  • He's getting on well in his new job.
  • How are you getting on with your maths course?

(to) (get) used to - something becomes familiar, acceptable, followed by a noun or ing, i.e.
  • Now he's used to driving on the left.
  • At first I couldn't get used to waking up at six o'clock for my new job but now it's OK.
  • Our new teacher seemed a bit cold at first, but now we've got used to her we know she's a good teacher.

(to) kick out - Phrasal Verb, (informal): to make someone leave something, i.e.
  • The manager kicked her out of the cafe because she was annoying other customers.
  • He was kicked out of the team because he was playing so badly.
  • His father kicked him out of the house because he wouldn't get a job.
Samantha interviews two homeless people, Rob and Jan, for an article for her newspaper.

Sam:  So, how long have you guys been on the streets?

Rob:  About five years now.

Jan:    Me, just six months.

Sam:  And how are you both getting on?

Rob:   I can't the cold weather. But I've got sleeping on the streets.

Jan:    I haven't. I can't . It's hard. Especially, as a woman. But I'm lucky,
            Rob's a good friend, he looks after me.

Sam:  So why're you on the streets, Jan?

Jan:     Family problems. My Dad died. My mum married again and my step-father
             me. We just couldn't get on and had arguments. My mum agreed with him and they
             kicked me out of the house. I need somewhere to live so I can finish my A Levels.

Rob:   What I really is when people are rude to you. They say you're a drug addict
             and should get a job. I've never taken drugs.

Sam:  And why are you on the streets, then, Rob?

Rob:   I had a cleaning business but I went bankrupt. My marriage broke up and I
             had nowhere to live. I'm waiting for the, er, town council to give me a flat.

Sam:  And what about you, Jan?

Jan:    Same, I'm waiting for a council flat. I hope it's soon, I  with living on        
            the streets much longer.


Complete the sentences.

stand  - dislike  -  get used to - put up with - disliked

1.    You're rude to your teachers. The school will not this behaviour. If it doesn't  
       stop you will have to leave. 

2.   I can't long car journeys, I'd rather travel by train.

3.   I really working a night shift. I'll never it.

4.   I'm not going to that noise. Please ask the children to be quiet. 

5.   I tried to the food in the factory canteen but I couldn't. I it
      so much I ate at a restaurant every lunch-time.