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    #1

    about "like"

    Hi,

    The usage of "like" is usually as follows.
    look +adj.
    look + like +N

    But I saw the sentence :

    "It looks something like this:....."

    How do you explain "look something" here?

    Thanks

    Paula


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    #2

    Re: about "like"

    Quote Originally Posted by paula View Post
    Hi,

    The usage of "like" is usually as follows.
    look +adj.
    look + like +N

    But I saw the sentence :

    "It looks something like this:....."

    How do you explain "look something" here?

    Thanks

    Paula
    Hey hey Paula,

    I want to teeeell you why, ...

    "He looks like Paul Newman." [look + like + noun]

    = He looks 100% like Paul Newman.

    If you want to modifiy, reduce the "looking like" then you add a qualifier in the "100%" position.

    [look + MODIFIER + like + noun]

    "He looks something/a bit/a little/somewhat/a lot like Paul Newman."
    Last edited by riverkid; 08-Nov-2007 at 23:58.

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    Re: about "like"

    This is the same as saying, "A rock looks similar to a stone."

    "A rock looks like a stone."

    "A ball looks similar to a sphere."

    "A ball looks like a sphere."

    "A dog looks like a wolf."

    "A dog looks similar to a wolf."

    "Two different marbles can be exactly alike."

    (The last sentence is just to give you an idea of wording that might reveal something to you.)



    Wholeman

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