What’s he like or what does he like?

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Today let’s take a look at the word like and how it changes its meaning.

We use like in the following cases:

1) To talk about the things we like

This one is pretty obvious, I like animals, I like meeting new people and I like you 😉

2) To ask for information about something or someone

Quite often, when you want to find out more about someone, you can ask “What’s he/she like?” and the answer to that will be a description of the person’s appearance, personality and what they feel about this person.

You could also ask a friend who’s in another country “What’s it like in Berlin?” and find out what they think of the place they’re in.

3) To point out similarities

Enrique Iglesias
My friend looks (just) like Enrique Iglesias.

When you say that someone or something looks like someone or something else, you’re pointing out the similarities between both objects.

4) To give an example

This is common in spoken English.

Some people, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, worked hard to become who they are now.

5) A filler

Like is often used as a filler.
A filler is a word we use when we want to buy time to think about what to say.

Here’s an example from a guy who’s moved to Amsterdam and wants to share what he likes about the city:

And also, like… going to Paris is only 3 hours. So if you want to go to Disneyland – 3 hours and you are there!

Let’s practice the different uses of like with these exercises below:

First, choose the right answer to the questions.

Here are two more exercises to give you a better challenge:

If you want to further improve your English, here’s a challenge for you:

Write down your answers to the questions you’ve made and leave a comment for us to know.

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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