Suppose you like something like Pop music; which one of the following self-made sentences would sound more natural to you if you want to say that you like pop music more than every other musical genres:

  • I'm into pop music.

  • I favor pop music.

For me, they both work and mean the same.

I made a similar question somewhere else. I got to this point that they mean the same and the only difference is that "favor" is a bit antiquated and "to be into" is very colloquial / informal. But what I am looking for is a verb which does not make the listener get surprised. I need a normal verb. I guess some other structures would work here instead of the above ones (like: like sth better than sth else), but whereas the sentences would require some more explanation, I doubt if it is a correct way to describe the same thing! Please have a note on the following self-made sentence:

I like pop music better than all other music genres

Without the bold part (extra explanation) my sentence would not mean the same as the sentences which are using "favor" or "be into"!

  • Can you provide dictionary definitions that back up your claim that the meanings are the same? – JavaLatte Oct 23 '16 at 16:54
  • In this particular context, the two usages convey the same meaning. In another context, being into sth and favoring sth might not convey the same meaning. – P. E. Dant Oct 23 '16 at 22:01
  • @JavaLatte once I asked a native speaker. Sometimes some points in contemporary language (especially AE) cannot be found in any particular dictionary. – A-friend Oct 24 '16 at 8:16
  • @A-friend, look at this dictionary definition en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/favour. Which meaning do you think might have the same meaning as be into? – JavaLatte Oct 24 '16 at 14:46

Your two sentences have different meanings

I favor pop music.

means you like pop music and given a choice you would rather hear pop music over classical or rock or hip-hop music.

I'm into pop music.

also means you enjoy pop music but have a deeper interest in it than merely favoring it. You might perform pop music yourself, or study pop music as a subject.

"To favor something" is to be next to the pool, to "be into something" is to jump in the pool.

  • Is it applicable for someone like e.g. a girl from among several girlfriends of you or something like a shirt which you like it? – A-friend Oct 23 '16 at 12:41
  • Also, as far as I know, “to favor sb / sth” is antiquated and “to be into sb / sth” is very colloquial. In neutral speech native speakers probably would use some other structures like: “like better / more than sb / sth” or "prefer over etc". Do you confirm it? – A-friend Oct 23 '16 at 12:43
  • I wouldn't use "favor" or "into" to describe relationships, if one were to say "I'm really into Candice" it might be taken the wrong way as in something sexual. I also wouldn't necessarily say "favors" is antiquated, "The referee favors the home team", one could also use "The referee is biased towards. – Peter Oct 24 '16 at 9:39

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