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QW 1001 “Fondness”

Fondness: tender affection http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fondness
e.g.) I have a fondness for expensive chocolate.

Fondness: noun form of “fond”
fond of (doing) something: finding something pleasant or enjoyable, especially something you have liked or enjoyed for a long time
e.g.) We had grown fond of the house and didn't want to leave.
http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/fondness#fond__16

I’ve never used the phrase “have a particular fondness” either in speaking and writing, but I thought I knew what it means, and how it could be used when I saw the phrase somewhere online not long ago. The adjective “particular” refers to being special/specific, so it seemed to me that “have a particular fondness” was almost the same as “have a thing for”, meaning you like something particular/specific for quite some time. There is a difference between these two, though; “have a thing for” is much more colloquial, and related to something more fleeting whereas “have a fondness for” is formal, and related to deeper affinity.

The noun “fondness” connotes, to me, that you’ve developed the liking or taste over a certain period of time, as in the aforementioned example “I have a fondness for expensive chocolate.” So, if you saw, read, or ate something for the first time, and you soon liked a special part of it, I’d say, “I like XX, YY in particular.” “XX was great. Particularly, I liked YY.” I won’t opt for “have a particular fondness” because it’s too soon to describe a positive impression as “fondness”. It’s still only “one time” yet. If you keep trying similar things and have developed special liking towards those things, and then you can use “I have a particular fondness for”. Here’s my rendition:

Cats are my favorite animal on earth. I have a particular fondness for big fat cats.

(35 minutes / 294 words)

That's my DREAM cat.
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