. “…Looks…” vs “…Looks Like…” .
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]T[/su_dropcap]his little “Tid-Bit” of English Usage is one that comes-up a lot in English classes. The difference between the use of this Verb and its related Comparative Phrasal-Verb is really quite simple.
The Verb “Looks” – (by itself) needs to be followed by an Adjective or Adjectival-Phrase.
(And Is Used To Describes The Quality Of Some Thing)
“DUDE!!!… Those Burgers Look Awesome!!!”
The Comparative Phrase “…Looks Like…”, needs to be followed by a Noun, a Phrasal-Noun, or a Noun Phrase (Often in the form of a Gerund or Infinitive Phrase)
(And Is Used To Describe Something By Comparing It To A Different Thing With Similar Qualities)
“Ewww… That Looks Like A Science Experiment That Someone Forgot About.”
Now Let’s See Them Both In Action Together
“He looks crazy!”
“You’re right! He looks like some kind of whacked-out lunatic!”
“Well, I don’t know if I would go that far, but he definitely looks like he’s having some problems.”
“Well, I still think he looks insane.”
(“crazy” is an Adjective; “whacked-out lunatic” is a Phrasal-Noun; “insane” is an Adjective; and “he’s having some problems” is a Phrase where-in the Verb acts as a Gerund — and thus, functions as a Noun-Phrase [this is because the main verb of the clause is: “is”… It is not the verb: “having”])
And That’s That!
Pretty Simple Right? Well, that’s the way it should be.
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