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    #1

    how I look / what I look like

    If you are sending a picture of yourself to someone you've never actually met (like e-mail friends),

    1. This picture shows how I look.
    2. This picture shows what I look like.

    Which is correct? What is the difference between them?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: how I look / what I look like

    Hello.

    *I AM NOT A NATIVE OR TEACHER.*

    The first sentence addresses your feeling/mode/state/..., while the second one refers to your appearance. In the case you mentioned, the second one works.

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    #3

    Re: how I look / what I look like

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    If you are sending a picture of yourself to someone you've never actually met (like e-mail friends),

    1. This picture shows how I look.
    2. This picture shows what I look like.

    Which is correct? What is the difference between them?

    Thank you.
    I prefer the first sentence.

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    #4

    Re: how I look / what I look like

    Sentence #2 is the correct way to say it.

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    #5

    Re: how I look / what I look like

    Hmm...
    Two native speakers of British English say different things.
    I'll wait for more replies.

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    #6

    Re: how I look / what I look like

    There are differences of opinion among native speakers. However, bhai is a teacher.

    I am a native AmE speaker and I agree with bhai. The second is better.

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