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    To take a dislike to sb

    Hello

    I have noticed that the expression to take a dislike to sb is mostly used in past, e.g.: He took an instant dislike to him because of his red hair.

    Is it OK to use that expression in present simple, does it sound good? Let's take a few examples:

    1. If somebody takes a dislike to you, go and talk to him.
    2. What can you do when somebody takes a dislike to you?
    3. Did Diana take a dislike to you when you told her that it was you who beat her husband up? (I know this is Past Simple)

    Do the sentences sound good or rather weird? Shall I use other words?


    thank you

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    Re: To take a dislike to sb

    They are OK, though no. 3 is not very natural, If you beat Diana's husband up, I think she would do more than take a dislike to you.

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    Re: To take a dislike to sb

    Thank you very much; may I ask an additional question please? Could you please tell me if I could replace take with have. Will the sentences still sound OK?
    That was just little fight with Diana's husband ;)

    1. If somebody has a dislike to you, go and talk to him.
    2. What can you do when somebody has a dislike to you?
    3. Did Diana have a dislike to you when you told her that it was you who beat her husband up? (I know this is Past Simple)

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    #4

    Re: To take a dislike to sb

    Those three don't work.

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    Re: To take a dislike to sb

    What about:
    1. If somebody has a dislike for you, go and talk to him.
    2. What can you do when somebody has a dislike for you?

    I found in longman dictionary: Truman had a strong dislike for communism.

    have + dislike + for work there ...

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    Re: To take a dislike to sb

    You could use them, but dislikes sounds better to me in both.

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