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    How does the traffic look like now?

    I have noticed that on at least three occasions, a Chinese newscaster asked in this way to a live traffic reporter:
    How does the traffic look like today (now) ?

    Is what he said good English? I was taught to use 'what' to start such a question, or just say 'How is the traffic today?'. Am I right?

    Thank you.

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    Re: How does the traffic look like now?

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    Here are some examples for you to make distinction;

    P1: How do I look like?
    P2: Awesome!

    P1: What do I look like?
    P2: You look like a cop.

    or, alternatively;

    P1: What do I look like, a cop?
    P2: No, you look more like a lazy public servant.

    P1: Who do I look like?
    P2: You look like Brad Pitt.

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    Re: How does the traffic look like now?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    I have noticed that on at least three occasions, a Chinese newscaster asked in this way to a live traffic reporter:
    How does the traffic look like today (now) ?

    Is what he said good English? I was taught to use 'what' to start such a question, or just say 'How is the traffic today?'. Am I right?

    Thank you.
    I agree.
    What does the traffic look like now?
    How is the traffic now?

    But not: How does the traffic look like now?

    Remember that even native speakers will change their mind about the direction their sentence is going and end up saying things like that. When writing, you have a chance to go back and revise, but you don't that ability when speaking.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: How does the traffic look like now?

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    Here are some examples for you to make distinction;

    P1: How do I look like?
    P2: Awesome!

    P1: What do I look like?
    P2: You look like a cop.

    or, alternatively;

    P1: What do I look like, a cop?
    P2: No, you look more like a lazy public servant.

    P1: Who do I look like?
    P2: You look like Brad Pitt.

    You have to look like someone (whom)or something(what), or you look (no like)awesome (how).

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