Archive for March 20, 2014

grammatical expression: be an acquired taste



Today, I’d like to write about the expression “be an acquired taste”. We use it when we want to talk about something that many people don’t like at first but, later, they begin to like it. Here are some examples of how to use it in sentences.

For me, beer was an acquired taste. I didn’t like it at first, but now I quite enjoy it.

A: I don’t like sushi!

B: Well, sushi is an acquired taste for many people. You might start to like it in the future.

I know you don’t like country music now, but it’s an acquired taste. You shouldn’t give up on it yet.

When we say that something is “an acquired taste”, it doesn’t mean that everyone will start to like it at a later date. It only means that some people have that experience, so it’s possible that the person will start to like it later.

We can use this to talk about food and drink as well as other things such as music, movies, art, etc.

The word “acquire” is a more formal way to say “get”. Therefore, if we “acquire” a taste for something, it means we get or develop a liking for it over a longer period of time.

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