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    Default 'What/how' does she look like?

    Hi all,

    Are the answers to both question forms (starting with 'how', and 'what') exatly the same? Is either choice more common in everyday English?

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    Default Re: 'What/how' does she look like?

    'How does she look like?' is incorrect.

    Use either 'How does she look?' (Answer: 'beautiful') or 'What does she look like?' (Answer: 'a fairytale princess').

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    Default Re: 'What/how' does she look like?

    Thanks a lot! Should the answer to the second form (starting with 'what') necessarily involve a resemblance? (I was wondering if we could still say, beautiful'.)

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    Default Re: 'What/how' does she look like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks a lot! Should the answer to the second form (starting with 'what') necessarily involve a resemblance? (I was wondering if we could still say, beautiful'.)
    You could.

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    Default Re: 'What/how' does she look like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'How does she look like?' is incorrect.

    Use either 'How does she look?' (Answer: 'beautiful') or 'What does she look like?' (Answer: 'a fairytale princess').
    Can I reply the question by using the adverb "beautifully"?
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    Default Re: 'What/how' does she look like?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Can I reply the question by using the adverb "beautifully"?
    Would you say, "She looks beautiful" or "She looks beautifully"?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Can I reply the question by using the adverb "beautifully"?
    In other words, you can, but if you did you'd be wrong. In any case, to give other students a fighting chance, you should say in your post that you're not a teacher.

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    Default Re: 'What/how' does she look like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    Are the answers to both question forms (starting with 'how', and 'what') exatly the same? Is either choice more common in everyday English?
    If you've never seen a person before, you ask, "What does she look like?" This is very general: "she's beautiful, she looks like a bit like her sister, she looks like an Olympic weightlifter, she looks part-Asian, etc."

    If you do know what she looks like, you can still ask "How does she look?" Some typical answers are "she looks well, happy, excited to have won, a bit lonely, slightly better than yesterday ..." That is, "How does she look?" is not asking for a primary physical description.

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