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    look like / look

    Dear friends,

    In Catherine's Palace in Pushkin (Tsars' Village) there is a gallery on the ground floor showing what happened to the palace and its interiors during WWII when the town was occupied by the Germans for almost 3 years from 1941 till 1944.

    One of the pictures in the gallery shows "what the palace (its facade) looked like after the war when the Germans abandoned the town". Is it correct to use "look like" in this context or we should say "... how the palace looked after the war...".

    Using the certain phrase we aim to compare the appearance of the building before the war and after the end of the occupation. Are there any differences between "look like" and "look"?

    Thanks

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    Re: look like / look

    I don't see any difference in meaning between "what the palace looked like" and 'how the palace looked". Either is acceptable.
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    Re: look like / look

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I don't see any difference in meaning between "what the palace looked like" and 'how the palace looked". Either is acceptable.
    It seems to me sometimes that by saying "look like" we actually want to compare the palace to something (e.g., some other building), to say what it's similar to, while "look" just means we want to describe the appearance of the palace (its facade) without any further comparison. Is that true?

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    Re: look like / look

    No, at least not in the context you're describing.

    Since in both variations you've included the phrase 'after the war', that automatically makes a pre-war and post-war comparison.

    Besides, when discussing wars, people are going to automatically make comparisons, because few (if any) things remain unchanged. People are expecting and looking for differences.
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