Like (verb)

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The word like in English has two main forms, as a verb, and as a preposition. Low level learners often confuse the two meanings.

  • What does he like? (verb) - He likes football.
  • What is he like? (preposition) - He is friendly.
  • What does he look like? (preposition) - He is handsome.

NB: Students will often confuse the different forms of using be v. auxiliary do NB: Students will often try to use "like" (prep) in their answers to these questions, e.g. *"He is like friendly".

Students can use like as a preposition without knowing (1) that it is a preposition or (2) even what a preposition is, however they really ought to know what a verb is!