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What...Like? | People


Ann and Roy are two students. Roy is looking for a new lecturer.

Roy: Hi Ann. How's it going?

Ann: Good. How about you Roy?

Roy: Well, I'm in a bit of a rush. I have to find Mr. Tomkins but I don’t know who he is. Do you know?

Ann: Yeah, I had him last semester.

Roy: Great. That's useful. What does he look like?

Ann: Oh, he's easy to find. He's kind of tall and he wears those cheap black plastic glasses that teachers always seem to wear. He's about 40. Yeah, you can’t miss him in that ancient shiny black jacket.

Roy: OK. Thanks for that. I should run now. Oh hold on, I guess it would help to know a little bit more about him. What's he like?

Ann: Oh, he's nice, very friendly and always smiling. And he really knows his subject. Don’t worry, you'll get along with him.

Roy: That's good to know. Well, thanks for that. Guess I better go find him now. See you later.

Ann: See you.

Grammar Notes

Point 1: 'What do/does...look like?' is used to ask about the appearance of people.
  1. What does Tom look like? He is tall, and he has dark brown hair.
  2. What do the twins look like? They are actually very different to look at!
Point 2: 'What is/are...like?' is used to ask about the character of people.
  1. What is George like? He is easy going.
  2. What are the Hopkins children like? They are all so talkative!
Point 3: Note the difference in structure of the questions in 1 and 2 above. Appearance uses the auxiliary verb do and verb look. Character uses the verb be.
  1. What does Tom look like?
  2. What is George like?
Point 4: This structure is used to ask about things that do not change often.
Answer these questions about the interview.

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  2. This wine like roses.
  3. Crocodile like chicken.
  4. This shirt like it is made of cotton.
  5. He like his dad. They both have blond hair.