English Vocabulary: Feelings and Friendship

Here are some words and phrases to talk about how we feel about other people.

love = very strong feeling
“I love my husband.”

adore = love
“She adores her niece.”

like = have a positive feeling
“I like Sue.”

like a lot / really like = more than “like”
“I really like my new boss.”
“I like my new boss a lot.”

get on well with = have a good relationship with
“She gets on well with her sister.”

don’t like very much = more positive than “don’t like”
“I don’t like John’s new girlfriend very much.”

can’t stand = hate
“I can’t stand Emily!”

have a good time with = have fun with
“I always have a good time with my friends.”

like being with / enjoy being with
“I like being with my friends.”

Be careful! “Like being with” = “like to spend time with”. Don’t say “like staying with”.

spend a lot of time with
“She spends a lot of time with Debbie.”

always with
“He’s always with his friends.”

Types of friend

best friend = your number 1 friend
“Harry is my best friend.”

a good friend
“Tony is a good friend of mine.”

a close friend = a very good friend
“She has one or two close friends.”

Be careful of the pronunciation. “Close” sounds like the “mos” part of “most”. The verb “to close” sounds like “nose”.

Describing your friends

fun = good company
“I like being with Sally because she’s good fun to be with.”

Be careful! “Funny” = humorous: “She’s a funny girl and she makes me laugh.”
“Funny” = strange: “I think there’s something funny about Jane.”

a laugh = someone who is funny
“John’s a laugh.”

loyal = she is always my friend

easy-going = relaxed
“I like him because he’s easy-going.”

easy to get on with = there are no problems
“All my friends are easy to get on with.”

English verbs to describe the stages in a friendship

to make friends = to start a friendship
“They made friends when they were children.”

to be friends with = to describe current friendship
“They are friends with Tony and Rachel.”

to lose touch with = to not see your friend very often
“I lost touch with Julia after university.”

For romantic relationships

square_6870216987to go out with / to date = to start a romantic relationship
“Bill is going out with Lucy.”

(“go out with” is British English; “date” is more American English)

to fall in love with = to realise that you love the person
“They fell in love when they met on holiday.”

to break up / to split up = to end the relationship
“He broke up with Sonia after a year.”
“They split up last year.”

For more useful English vocabulary and phrases, see our page Describing friendship and English words for emotions.

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