Everyone has a favorite movie, book, type of music, or food. Talking about these things with others is a great way to get to know them. Who knows, maybe you'll meet somebody that has the same interests as you?

Using the phrases below, you'll be able to both ask and talk about your favorite things. Check them out!

Asking about Favorites

Use the following phrases we've gathered for you to ask about somebody's favorite things. These questions are great conversation starters and can help you find more topics to talk about.
What is your favorite book?
Who is your favorite musician?
Which color do you like the most?
What is your favorite thing to do on weekends?
Do you prefer books or movies?
What kind of movies do you like the most?
What kind of music are you into?
What is your favorite book?
If you want to find out what someone's favorite things are, then you can ask them questions using the sentence pattern What is your favorite + THING?. A response to our example question might look like this I love the Jupiter series.
Who is your favorite musician?
When you want to find out about somebody's favorite athlete, musician, etc, then you can create different questions using the sentence pattern Who is your favorite + PERSON?. An example response to our question is I really like Steven Hayes.
Which color do you like the most?
One way to ask about somebody's favorite things is the sentence pattern Which + THING + do you like the most?. Use this sentence pattern whenever the other person would have a choice between multiple things. For example if you were talking about colors with someone, and wanted to know which color is their favorite. In response, the other person would tell you which one they like the most. Here is an example I like purple the most.
Do you prefer books or movies?
When discussing two different things with someone, you can find out which one they like more by using the sentence pattern Do you prefer + THING or THING?. In response, they may say something like I prefer movies to books.

Talking about Favorites

It's important to be able to talk about your own preferences as well. In the table below you'll find several phrases that can help you do this.
My favorite color is red.
The first movie is my favorite.
I like strategy games the most.
I really enjoy pop music.
I love soccer.
Hockey is the best.
I am obsessed with football at the moment!
I am all about roleplaying games.
I prefer metal music to pop music.
My favorite color is red
If you want to tell somebody what your favorite things are, then you can form sentences using the pattern My favorite + THING + is + THING. In response to our example sentence, somebody might say something like That's my favorite color too.
The first movie is my favorite
One way to tell someone what your favorite things are is to use the sentence pattern THING + is my favorite. Someone might respond to our example sentence by saying I think I prefer the third one.
I like strategy games the most
The sentence pattern I like + THING + the most can be used to tell someone what your favorite things are. You'd use this pattern when you have a choice between multiple things, such as multiple movies, different types of games, etc. A possible response to our example sentence is I could never get into strategy games.
I really enjoy pop music
If you want to tell someone about things that you enjoy, then form sentences using the pattern I really enjoy + THING. Somebody could respond to our example sentences like this I always thought you liked rock more.
I love soccer
A common way of telling someone what your favorite things are, is the sentence pattern I love + THING. A possible response could be another question about your favorite thing. For example Who is your favorite team?.
I prefer metal music to pop music
When discussing two different things with someone, you can tell them which one you like more by using the sentence pattern I prefer + THING + to + THING. Someone might respond by asking another question, like this Who's your favorite band?.

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Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases that I need to know when talking about favorites?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • Which color do you like the most?
  • Do you prefer books or movies?
  • What kind of movies do you like the most?
  • My favorite color is red.
  • I like strategy games the most.
  • I love soccer.
  • I prefer metal music to pop music.
How do I ask about someone's favorite things?
There are a couple of ways to form questions that you can use to ask about someone's favorite things. For example:

What is your favorite + THING?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite sport?


Who is your favorite + PERSON?
  • Who is your favorite musician?
  • Who is your favorite author?
  • Who is your favorite athlete?


Which + THING + do you like the most?
  • Which color do you like the most?
  • Which book do you like the most?
  • Which movie do you like the most?


Do you prefer + THING or THING?
  • Do you prefer books or movies?
  • Do you prefer hockey or basketball?
  • Do you prefer reading or gaming?
How can I tell someone what my favorite things are?
Here are a few ways to talk about your own favorite things:

My favorite + THING + is + THING.
  • My favorite color is red.
  • My favorite movie is Deception.
  • My favorite book is Harry Potter.


THING + is my favorite.
  • The first movie is my favorite.
  • Her cat is my favorite.
  • The color blue is my favorite.


I like + THING + the most.
  • I like strategy games the most.
  • I like books the most.
  • I like baseball the most.


I really enjoy + THING.
  • I really enjoy pop music.
  • I really enjoy playing guitar.
  • I really enjoy cheeseburgers.


I love + THING.
  • I love soccer.
  • I love team games.
  • I love fantasy novels.


I prefer + THING + to + THING.
  • I prefer metal music to pop music.
  • I prefer racing games to strategy games.
  • I prefer chili to cheeseburgers.

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