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    Question what / how a UFO looks like?

    Hi,

    a friend of mine is very interested in UFOs, and he has brought hundreds of books about UFOs. I have never seen a UFO, and I am writing him an email. Here are some of the questions that I wanna ask him in the email:
    Q1: "Do you belive in the existence of UFO, David?

    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like"

    But I am stuck over Q2, I am hesitating whether I should write
    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like"
    or
    Q2: "Could you tell me how a UFO looks like"

    Could you help me out please?

    Thanks!


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    Re: what / how a UFO looks like?

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Hi,

    a friend of mine is very interested in UFOs, and he has brought hundreds of books about UFOs. I have never seen a UFO, and I am writing him an email. Here are some of the questions that I wanna ask him in the email:
    Q1: "Do you belive in the existence of UFO, David?

    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like"

    But I am stuck over Q2, I am hesitating whether I should write
    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like" Yes.
    or
    Q2: "Could you tell me how a UFO looks like" No.

    Could you help me out please?

    Thanks!
    I might be mistaken but I don't believe a 'how' used with 'look(s) like' is possible in English, ... is it?

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    Re: what / how a UFO looks like?

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    ...

    But I am stuck over Q2, I am hesitating whether I should write
    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like"
    or
    Q2: "Could you tell me how a UFO looks like"

    Could you help me out please?

    Thanks!
    what -> pronoun: "what a UFO looks like" {It looks like an orange <or whatever noun you choose>}
    how -> adverb: "how a <noun> looks [no 'like']"

    So you could (conceivably) ask how a UFO looks [no 'like'], but you'd be much more likely to ask what it looks like.

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    Re: what / how a UFO looks like?

    PS - to justify that 'conceivably':

    NASA has caught a UFO and is keeping it at Roswell* (or wherever). There's a terrorist attack on the airbase, after which someone asks 'How does the UFO look? Do you think it'll still fly?'

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    *Roswell UFO incident - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: what / how a UFO looks like?

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Hi,

    a friend of mine is very interested in UFOs, and he has brought hundreds of books about UFOs. I have never seen a UFO, and I am writing him an email. Here are some of the questions that I wanna ask him in the email:
    Q1: "Do you belive in the existence of UFO, David?

    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like"

    But I am stuck over Q2, I am hesitating whether I should write
    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like" It is big and green.
    or
    Q2: "Could you tell me how a UFO looks (not like)"It looks amazing

    Could you help me out please?

    Thanks!
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    Last edited by banderas; 07-Apr-2008 at 17:28. Reason: typo

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    #6

    Re: what / how a UFO looks like?

    Many thanks to you all!
    ---
    Actually, I am quite not sure if I have understood the difference in meaning between
    [what something looks like]
    and
    [how something looks]

    So here comes a short but real example with two questions, and
    I have tried to think of the answers offhand, but not sure if they are correct:

    My friend (Jan) and I went shopping this afternoon.
    I know Jan has purchased some brand-new dresses.
    So, I may ask her:

    Q1: "What do the new dresses look like, Jan?"
    (She may probably tell me the colors and patterns of each of her new purchased dresses.)

    Q2: "How do the new dresses look, Jan?"
    (Her answer may be: They look beautiful and suit me perfectly.)

    Could you kindly help check the answers please?


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    #7

    Re: what / how a UFO looks like?

    Your examples work well.

    However, going back to your first post:


    Q1: "Do you believe in the existence of UFOs, David?



    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like"

    What do UFOs look like? is a much easier way to ask this.

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    Question Re: what / how a UFO looks like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Your examples work well.

    However, going back to your first post:


    Q1: "Do you believe in the existence of UFOs, David?



    Q2: "Could you tell me what a UFO looks like"

    What do UFOs look like? is a much easier way to ask this.
    To sum up, there are two structures:
    1. What something looks like
    2. How something looks
    Am I right?A couple of weeks before I had the same confusion.
    Best regards!
    Dawood
    Last edited by Dawood Usmani; 09-Apr-2008 at 04:41.

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    Re: what / how a UFO looks like?

    Yup

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