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    #1

    looks like you are / looks as if you are

    Which one is grammatically correct? (If both are, which one would sound and read more natural?)

    1. Looks like you are eagerly waiting for someone.
    2. Looks as if you are eagerly waiting for someone.

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    #2

    Re: looks like you are / looks as if you are

    They are both fine and equally natural.

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    #3

    Re: looks like you are / looks as if you are

    I agree that both are common in informal English. In more formal English some consider the use of "like" as a conjunction (sentence 1) to be a usage problem.

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