When I ask about something that is not material should I use "like" at the end of the sentence? For example in question:
"What were the conditions (of the contract or in the hotel) like?"
And what is the difference between those two questions (in meaning)?
And here is the same problem. Should I ask "What is the difference between those two questions like?"
1. "What were the conditions of the contract like?"
They're really quite reasonable. No surprises; it's a fairly standard contract."
2. "What were the conditions of the contract?"
1.i That the vendor and buyer agree to a price before the 25th October, 2013.
1.ii. That the buyer pay a 10% depost on or by the agreement date.
1.iii That the buyer pay the remaining costs by Settlement date, which shall be 60 days from the Agreement date.
2.1 That the vendor disclose any recent repairs or renovations to the residence.
[...] <About 20 pages of conditions ellipsed>
Signature of Vendor and Buyer, with date, below.
If you ask "What are the Xs?" you want them listed.
If you ask "What are the Xs like?" you want a qualified assessment of them. Good/bad/standard/difficult/easy/nice/not nice
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.
Taking under consideration those answers, I am not sure what my sentence would mean in case we would talk about hotel's conditions. Can I ask:
"What are conditions in that hotel?" (living conditions, service, cleanness, meals) ?
or only option with "like" is possible in this case?
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
One more thing about this issue.
If I wanted to answer on second question 2. "What were the conditions of the contract?" with full sentence, would It be correct to start like this:
a) The conditions of the contract are: ....... (listed conditions)
b) There are following conditions: ......... (listed conditions)
What is natural in such situation?