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    what does sb look like? / how does sb look?

    Do the sentences below have the same meaning?

    1. What does he look like?
    2. How does he look?

    Many of my friends say #1 and #2 have the same meaning, but to me they don't. It seems to me that #1 asks about his appearance, and the answer could be "He is tall and handsome, with brown hair." But #2 asks about his mental state or physical condition, and the answer could be "He looks happy/sad/worried/pale/tired etc.

    But I'm not sure if I am right. I am waiting for your professional opinions. Thank you a lot.

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    Re: what does sb look like? / how does sb look?

    not a teacher

    In my opinion you are correct in the majority of cases.
    However, sometimes "How does he look?" can be a simple question about his appearance.

    a) "Today John was wearing the new jacket you bought him."
    b) "I'm glad he likes it, how does he look?"
    a) "Very smart."
    Last edited by JMurray; 04-Aug-2013 at 15:14.


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