Differences between' hated' and ' didn't like'?

For example,

I used to work in an office. I hated that.

Which one is better to say and what are the grammatical and lexical differences between using each of them?

  • Please give a context, the phrases are different and would be used in different situations which makes your question very broad.
    – Peter
    Mar 1, 2016 at 4:06

1 Answer 1


Generally speaking, hated and didn't like are grammatically equivalent; where you can use one, you can use the other. Your example illustrates this:

I used to work in an office. I hated that.
I used to work in an office. I didn't like that.

Both of these statements are grammatically valid.

The difference between hated and didn't like is one of meaning, not grammar. Hate is a much stronger feeling than mere dislike. For example, if I say "I hate my job!", you might infer that I will soon quit. Contrast that with "I don't like my job." In this case, I might quit, or maybe not. Both statements express dissatisfaction, but hate is emphatic, while don't like is marginal.

  • You hardly ever hear of someone killing another person because he "didn't like" him. Unless the killer was pretty drunk, of course. Mar 1, 2016 at 22:10
  • I don't understand your point; can you elaborate? Mar 2, 2016 at 2:26
  • I was agreeing with you, but being elliptical about it.. People do kill each other because they hate each other. Mar 2, 2016 at 4:40

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