Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Nov 2012
    • Posts: 2
    #1

    'What' or 'How' does something taste like?

    Hi again, I was reading a comprehension passage and one of the questions based on the text reads like this:

    Q:What does the rambutan taste like?
    A:It is sweet and juicy.

    Which is the correct way to ask about taste?

    a) What does the rambutan taste like?
    b) How does the rambutan taste like?
    c) How does the rambutan taste?

    Where can I find an explanation? Thank you.

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,720
    #2

    Re: 'What' or 'How' does something taste like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bebedele View Post
    Hi again, I was reading a comprehension passage and one of the questions based on the text reads like this:

    Q:What does the rambutan taste like?
    A:It is sweet and juicy.

    Which is the correct way to ask about taste?

    a) What does the rambutan taste like?
    b) How does the rambutan taste like?
    c) How does the rambutan taste?

    Where can I find an explanation? Thank you.
    Only a) is correct.

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 27,915
    #3

    Re: 'What' or 'How' does something taste like?

    #a and #c are possible; #b is not.

    (a minute later) It seems that bhai and I disagree about #c. I think that we are less likely to hear it than #a, but I still think it's possible.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 50,785
    #4

    Re: 'What' or 'How' does something taste like?

    I agree that c) is OK, not very common but OK. I would expect to hear "What does rambutan taste like?" or "How was the rambutan?" They would elicit different answers though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •