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    look like vs be like

    1. What does she look like?
    2. What is she like?

    Does look like mean "physical appearance"? Does be like mean "physical appearance" or "personality"'? I saw the following context from a Grammar textbook:-

    A: What's your cat like?
    B: It's big and fat.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: look like vs be like

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. What does she look like?
    2. What is she like?

    Does look like mean "physical appearance"? Does be like mean"personality'? I saw the following context from a Grammar textbook:-

    A: What's your cat like?
    B: It's big and fat.

    Thanks for your help.
    "What does she look like?" is asking about physical appearance. "What is she like?" could be asking about physical appearance or personality.

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    Re: look like vs be like

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "What does she look like?" is asking about physical appearance. "What is she like?" could be asking about physical appearance or personality.
    Thanks bhaisahab,

    Please note that I didn't edit my original post after you had replied. You replied at 18.29. However, I edited my original post at 18.30.

    John: What is your girl friend like?
    Tom: ?????

    "What is she like?" could be asking about physical appearance or personality. How does Tom know whether John is asking about his girlfriend's physical appearance or personality. I am wondering how Tom would answer. I guess if John's girlfreind is beautiful, he might say, "She's hot". If John's girlfreind is not beautiful, he might say,"She's kind and friendly".
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    Re: look like vs be like

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks bhaisahab,

    Please note that I didn't edit my original post after you had replied. You replied at 18.29. However, I edited my original post at 18.30.

    John: What is your girlfriend like?
    Tom: ?????

    "What is she like?" could be asking about physical appearance or personality. How does Tom know whether John is asking about his girlfriend's physical appearance or personality. I am wondering how Tom would answer. I guess if John's girlfriend is beautiful, he might say, "She's hot". If John's girlfriend is not beautiful, he might say,"She's kind and friendly".
    Be careful with your spelling of "friend" and "girlfriend".

    The simple answer is that Tom can't be sure whether John is asking about his girlfriend's appearance or her personality. However, if I were asked such a question, I would assume that he meant personality. However, "gorgeous" would actually fit into the answer to both questions. When we talk about appearance, we might say "blonde, blue eyes, tall" etc.

    What does your girlfriend look like?
    She's gorgeous. She's six foot tall with blue eyes and jet black hair.

    What's your girlfriend like?
    She's gorgeous. She's really friendly, chatty, bubbly and sociable, and she loves the same films and music as I do.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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