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    Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    Hi teachers.
    This question and answer is correct:
    What did her house look like?
    It was very small.
    My question is, why we don't use 'look' in that answer?

    Because in this one I can. Why is that?
    What did she look like?
    She looked (just) like her mother.

    What part of speech is 'like' in the question? Is it a preposition?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    What did her house look like?
    It was very small.
    You could certainly answer "It looked very small."

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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You could certainly answer "It looked very small."
    Hi,
    I really didn't know that I can answer with the verb 'look' this kind of question. In fact I was told that:
    a) To ask about someone's personality, we don't use 'like' in the answer.
    b) To ask about someone's physical appearance, we don't use 'like' in the answer.
    c) To ask about someone's hobbies, we can use 'like' in the answer.
    It's wrong, isn't it?

    So then these two questions are perfectly right:
    a) Was her house very small? Yes, it was.
    b) Did her house look very small? Yes, it did.

    L54




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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    "Look" and "like" are two different words, you know?

    I am not sure where your "rules" have come from. I don't know why the answer about someone's personality or appearance can't have the word "like" in it.

    What's she look like?

    She looks like a young Elizabeth Taylor.

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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    "Look" and "like" are two different words, you know?
    I think, 'look' is a verb and 'like' in this case a preposition.

    I am not sure where your "rules" have come from. I don't know why the answer about someone's personality or appearance can't have the word "like" in it.
    They have come from this website:
    BBC World Service | Learning English | Grammar Challenge

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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    It is talking about the verb "like."

    It's certainly possible to use "like" as I have to answer these types of questions.

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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Look" and "like" are two different words, you know?

    I am not sure where your "rules" have come from. I don't know why the answer about someone's personality or appearance can't have the word "like" in it.

    What's she look like?


    She looks like a young Elizabeth Taylor.

    Hi Sothing Dave
    You mean the long form of the above mentioned question is "What does she look like?". Then in that case shouldn't we say "Who does she look like?"
    Thanks a lot.
    P.S. By the way I think I got what learning 54 means. I have also heard it that we don't repeat "like" in answers. Of course those questions that are related to someone's personality or description of a place like:
    1. What is your city like? It's really polluted.
    2. What is she like? She's so friendly.
    Please correct me if I'm not right.
    Once more thanks a lot.

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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    You mean the long form of the above mentioned question is "What does she look like?".


    Yes. But lose the period at the end. A question mark or an exclamation point can also end a sentence.

    Then in that case shouldn't we say "Who does she look like?"


    If I was asking who she looked like, yes. But it is possible for someone to ask what someone looks like and then be told that they look like some other person. The person asking "what's she look like?" is not necessarily expecting a "who" she looks like as an answer, but it is a valid answer.

    The answer could be, "she's 5-6 about 100 pounds, long brown hair."

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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post


    Yes. But lose the period at the end. A question mark or an exclamation point can also end a sentence.



    If I was asking who she looked like, yes. But it is possible for someone to ask what someone looks like and then be told that they look like some other person. The person asking "what's she look like?" is not necessarily expecting a "who" she looks like as an answer, but it is a valid answer.

    The answer could be, "she's 5-6 about 100 pounds, long brown hair."
    In BrE this is the sentence: You mean the long form of the above mentioned question is "What does she look like?". "What does she look like?" is in parenthesis and forms part of the sentence, the sentence is terminated with a full stop.

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    Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In BrE this is the sentence: You mean the long form of the above mentioned question is "What does she look like?". "What does she look like?" is in parenthesis and forms part of the sentence, the sentence is terminated with a full stop.
    But it's a question, isn't it? So it should end with a question mark. Would you end it with ...like?"?

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