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    What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    Is "How does he look like?" sounds OK? Is this grammatical?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    My student way to understand it is that somebody looks like something so how does he look like is wrong and you should use "what does he look like?".


    - What does he look like? (edited)
    - He looks like a dog.
    - Oh, you're righ! That's what he looks like!


    not teacher.
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    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    I am not sure... I guess it works like this:

    What does he look like? (This is about appearance)
    He looks like a crazy old monkey in that costume.

    How does he look like? (This one is about health). Maybe a teacher can give us more details.
    He's taken the medicine, he's fine.

    [NOT A TEACHER]
    Last edited by Offroad; 30-Nov-2008 at 21:07.

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    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    "How" generally implies capability............... How does he look? Obviously, with his eyes, but "How does he look at the future?" means what is his opinion, hope and possibly expectation of the future.

    How does he look like is definitely incorrect.

    P.S. There is another instance in which "How does he look" can be used. For example, when discussing someone/something who might be in poor health...........One person asking another to look at his/her dog. If I think my dog has a problem, I might ask a friend "How does he look to you????" And the answer could be "He looks fine, or he doesn't look well."
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    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    It is one way of saying "Does he look ok or does he look unwell?" Colloquial but quite usual.

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    #6

    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    A: What does he look like?
    Q: Tall and slim. And dark.



    A: How does he look?
    Q: Not good.







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    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is one way of saying "Does he look ok or does he look unwell?" Colloquial but quite usual.
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    A: What does he look like?
    Q: Tall and slim. And dark.



    A: How does he look?
    Q: Not good.






    Thank you very much for your helps.

    It should be much better for me to understand if you would have answered my question more directly.

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    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    Directly?

    Is "How does he look like?" sounds OK? No.
    Is this grammatical? No.

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    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    Directly?

    Is "How does he look like?" sounds OK? No.
    Is this grammatical? No.
    Thanks so much. But one of my question is missing its answer.
    I appreciate all of replies but I would prefer the direct and complete one especially when the questions are yes/no questions.

    Thank you all again.

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    Re: What is wrong with "How does he look like?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    But one of my question is missing its answer.
    You only asked two questions.

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