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    Question Which one is incorrect?

    Dear Teacher,
    Which one of the following is incorrect: A, B, or C?

    What do you look?
    A B C

    My friends’s answer: C
    My answer: A
    My arguments:
    (1) Even if you replace “look” by “look at”, "look for” the sentence as a whole is still incorrect with the use of the simple present tense, which should be the present continuous instead.
    (2) If you replace “What” by “How” then the sentence is grammatically correct, even though the meaning is a bit odd. The situation, as far as I can imagine, is a question by a doctor from the other end of the telephone line. The answers which the doctor would like to hear might be something like “ I look better today. Thank you, Doctor”, or “ I don’t look pale I as did the other day, when you saw me, Doctor.”


    I’d appreciate any of your comments.
    Best regards,
    Anh Thư
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Mar-2014 at 20:25. Reason: Changed font so it's readable

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    #2

    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    Where are A, B, and C?

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    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Where are A, B, and C?
    Thank you for your very quick response.
    Sorry, I couldn't add spaces in between the underlined A, B, & C that made you confused.
    Please find my clarifications as under, instead.
    A = What
    B = do you
    C = look?
    Thank you & best regards,
    Anh Thu

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    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Where are A, B, and C?
    Hello!

    It seems A, B and C respectively refer to the three underlined parts: "What" - "do you" - "look?"

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    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    Hello, Ali Hsn Anh Thu.

    I'm not a native speaker of English, but I teach English to Japanese students.
    Please allow me to say a few words here.

    I understand your argument, and I think what you're saying is right.
    However, I'd choose C. ("How do you look?" is grammatically correct, but it's an odd sentence, as you say.)
    If we change 'look' for 'see', it's grammatical and natural. "What do you see?" is much better than "How do you look?", in my opinion.
    Or if you need to use 'look', "What do you look like?" is fine, too.

    What do you think?

    (Edit) I'm sorry, Ali Hsn. I have absolutely no idea what happened.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 27-Mar-2014 at 09:11.

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    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, Ali Hsn.

    I'm not a native speaker of English, but I teach English to Japanese students.
    Please allow me to say a few words here.

    I understand your argument, and I think what you're saying is right.
    However, I'd choose C. ("How do you look?" is grammatically correct, but it's an odd sentence, as you say.)
    If we change 'look' for 'see', it's grammatical and natural. "What do you see?" is much better than "How do you look?", in my opinion.
    Or if you need to use 'look', "What do you look like?" is fine, too.

    What do you think?
    Hello, tzfujimino!
    Your statements and explanations about the topic are very welcomed and appreciated. However, I'd like to point out that the question was asked by "Anh Thu", not me. : ) But I admit that our user names have some similarities : ))

    Yes, I agree with you on using "How" instead of "What" and then it will be grammatically correct (and even meaningful).
    I don't know if, in the question "Anh Thu" proposed, we are allowed to add any word, proposition, etc or not. For instance, if we are just allowed to replace a word with another, "A" seems to be the best answer.

    Thanks and regards!
    Last edited by Ali Hsn; 27-Mar-2014 at 08:57.

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    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anh Thu View Post
    A = What
    B = do you
    C = look?
    The question is still unclear. I like them all. How can you say whether "What", "do you", or "look" is the correct answer without knowing the question?

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    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    I am a Non-NEST (Non-native English-speaking Teacher)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anh Thu View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    My friends’s answer: C
    My answer: A
    My arguments:
    (1) Even if you replace “look” by “look at”, "look for” the sentence as a whole is still incorrect with the use of the simple present tense, which should be the present continuous instead.

    Why don't you consider substituting 'look' with a different verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    If we change 'look' for 'see', it's grammatical and natural. "What do you see?" is much better than "How do you look?", in my opinion.
    I agree. The friend is right (though the whole puzzle seems to me very odd). C is the answer. You should replace 'look' with 'see' or 'do'.

    What do you see?
    What do you do?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Mar-2014 at 20:25.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    I am a Non-NEST (Non-native English-speaking Teacher)
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The question is still unclear. I like them all. How can you say whether "What", "do you", or "look" is the correct answer without knowing the question?
    As far as I understand, the question is 'What part of the phrase "What do you look?", A, B, or C, can be changed so that the question would sound natural? (If A= What, B= do you, C = look.)

    I think it's the verb 'look' that should be removed and substituted with 'see' or 'do'. If you change it, the sentence will sound OK.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 27-Mar-2014 at 09:13.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Which one is incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    As far as I understand, the question is 'What part of the phrase "What do you look?", A, B, or C, can be changed so that the question would sound natural? (If A= What, B= do you, C = look.)
    If that were the question, then any answer is correct (or incorrect).
    A - Change 'What' to 'How', 'Where', 'Why', or 'When'.
    B - Change 'do you' to 'funny', 'strange', or some other adjective.
    C - Change 'look' to 'mean', 'do', 'want' or some other verb.

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