“…Looks…” vs “…Looks Like…”

(Today’s Tid-Bit)

This little Tid-Bit of English Usage is one that comes up a lot in English classes a lot.  The difference between the use of this Verb and it’s related comparative Phrasal-Verb is really quite simple.

The verb “Looks” – (by itself) needs to be followed by an adjective or adjective 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 clause where-in the Verb is changed into a Gerund and thus, functions as a Noun-Phrase [this is because the main verb of this clause is “is”… not “having”])

And That’s That!

Pretty Simple Right?  Well, that’s the way it should be.

Have An Excellent Day!





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