Language points – Talking about likes and dislikes

The word féràn is used to mean “like” or “love” depending on the context.

Mo féràn ajá I like dogs

N kò féràn ológbò I don’t like cats

Mo féràn okò I like vehicles

N kò féràn edé I don’t like shrimps

Notice that, if you want to talk about what you like to do, you have to add the word láti after féràn. For example:

Mo féràn láti jó I like/love to dance

N kò féràn láti sùn I don’t like to sleep

Olú féràn láti mutí Olu likes to drink (alcoholic beverage)

Olú ko féràn láti sòrò púpò Olu doesn’t like to talk a lot.

But if you want to talk about what you want to do, you do not need to add láti after the verb . For example:

Mo fé sùn I want to sleep

Mo fé jeun I want to eat

N kò fé pariwo I don’t want to make noise

Kúnlé kò fé lo wo sinimá Kunle doesn’t want to go to the cinema

Use the question form  to find out what people want or like to do. For example:

Kí ni o féràn láti se? What do you like to do?

Kí ni o fé se? What do you want to do?

Kí ni òré re féràn láti se? What does your friend like to do?

Òré mi féràn láti korin My friend likes to sing

You can also use the question form  to investigate someone’s likes or dislikes. For example:

Sé Kúnlé féràn láti korin? Does Kunle like to sing?

Rárá, Kúnlé kò féràn láti korin Kunle does not like to sing

Sé Ògbéni Mákindé féràn isé won? Does Mr. Makinde like his job?

Béè ni, Ògbéni Mákindé féràn isé won Yes, Mr. Makinde likes his job.

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