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    appearance and look

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether there is a difference between the appearance and look. It is generally known that both denote the outward look of a person or thing.

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the usage of appearance and look in the following sentences?

    He had the appearance of a well-t-do man.

    The shabby appearance of their house is in stark contrast to their high spirits.

    We musnít judge by appearances.

    Excuse the appearance of the place. Weíve been entertaining some Buffalo friends.. some buffaloes, as a matter of fact.

    I didnít like his look.

    He has the look of a man that works indoors.

    The town has a European look.

    For they were rich; Sheila had both looks and brains.

    He had the look of an adventurer.

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: appearance and look

    I would say they are similar, but I see the subtle difference as this: appearance usually figures as a judged gradation of value (e.g. ragged, classy) whereas look is more of a type-cast judgment or opinion: the preppie look, the jock look, the hip-hop look.

    Looks in the plural is totally different, and means beauty.


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