“…Looks…” vs “…Looks Like…”

This 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!!!” 

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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.” 

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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.”

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(“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.

Have An Excellent Day!


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