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    You look like your mother does.

    You look like your mother does.

    Why is 'does' at the end of the sentence wrong?
    The grammar book says it is incorrect sentence, but doesn't mention the reason.

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    Re: You look like your mother does.

    It isn't necessarily wrong in some contexts.

    You look like your mother does when she's upset
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    Re: You look like your mother does.

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post

    The grammar book says it is incorrect sentence, but doesn't mention the reason.
    NOT A TEACHER

    I thought that this information might interest some of my fellow learners.

    ""You look like your mother" = You and your mother have a similar appearance (hair, eyes, nose, etc.).

    According to my books, the sentence should be parsed like this:

    You = subject.
    look = linking verb. (It is NOT an action verb, such as "He looks at a painting in the museum.")
    like = this word in this sentence is technically an adjective.
    unto = this is the missing preposition that people NO longer use.
    your mother = this noun phrase is the object of the "understood" preposition "unto."

    Thus: You look like unto your mother.

    Compare: He looks like (unto) a nice person. I think that I can trust him. / She looks like (unto) a well-educated person. I think that she will have the correct answer to my question.

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    Re: You look like your mother does.

    I don't think we can parse a sentence by adding prepositions that might have been used a few centuries ago.

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    Re: You look like your mother does.

    The does at the end of the sentence is wrong because it's unnecessary. The verb structure to remember is simply:

    • to look like somebody

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    #6

    Re: You look like your mother does.

    It may be superfluous, but it's not wrong in contexts such as the one I suggested.

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