Do/does LIKE VS be LIKE

-What DOES Nissha LIKE? (What are her personal preferences?) She likes horror movies, climbing mountain LOL, chocolate, ice cream…

-What DOES Jhon Franz Kennedy LOOK LIKE? (Physical description) He is tall, dark and handsome. He has brown eyes and black hair.

-What IS Nova Diani LIKE? (Description of personality) She is a nice girl. She is very kind and friendly.


like [līk]
verb (past and past participle liked, present participle lik·ing, 3rd person present singular likes)
1. transitive verb enjoy something: to regard something as enjoyable

  • I like cross-country skiing.
  • Do you like prunes?
2. transitive verb consider somebody pleasant: to regard somebody as pleasant and enjoy that person’s company

  • I like a man with a sense of humor.
  • Do you like your new teacher?
  • I really like her.
3. transitive verb want something: to want to have or do something

  • Would you like some coffee?
  • I’d like to meet your brother.
4. transitive verb regard somebody or something positively: to have a positive opinion about something or somebody

  • How do you like her prose style?
5. intransitive verb have preference: to have a preference or inclination

  • We can leave later than seven if you like.
noun (plural likes)
preference: something that is preferred over others

  • a full litany of her likes and dislikes
like [līk]

(plural likes) CORE MEANING: a grammatical word indicating that two things or people are similar or share some of the same features, qualities, or characteristics; it also introduces an example of the set of things or people that have just been mentioned

  • Vivid red phone booths, looking like London imports, stood nearby.

    resembling: having a resemblance to somebody or something, or so as to have a resemblance to somebody or something

    • She wrapped the towel like a turban on her head.
    • He looks like the hero type to me!

    such as: introduces a typical instance or an example of a particular category or type

    • She won’t go to loud places like bars.
    • I bought things like fishing tackle and waders.

    indicates characteristics: indicates qualities, characteristics, or features (often used in questions)

    • What’s it like, being a mother?
    • When you go on like this, do you know what you sound like?

    typical of: characteristic of somebody or something (often negative)

    • It’s not like him to be this late coming home.

    inclined toward: having a tendency or desire to do something

    • I felt like screaming when I found the kitchen floor flooded.

    with suggestion of: as though something might happen

    • It looks like rain this morning.


    as: in the same way or manner that (informal)

    • To ski like she does requires great athletic ability.


    as if: as though or as if (nonstandard)

    • Butch hops out of the car like it was on fire.
    • Like I’d tell you a secret!


    used as filler or for emphasis: used especially in conversation as a filler, for emphasis, to indicate possible exaggeration, or to convey uncertainty or approximation (informal)

    • You’re, like, feeling stressed today, aren’t you?
    • There were, like, hundreds of people there.
    • She has, like, six brothers and sisters.


    introduces direct speech: used especially in conversation to introduce a quotation of what somebody said (nonstandard)

    • Susan is like “It’s not for me” and Brandon is like, “You had me worried” and Susan is like, “Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.”

    something similar: a thing or set of things similar to another

    • window boxes, planters, flower pots, and the like

    counterpart: one person or thing that is regarded as similar or almost identical to another

    • Have you ever tasted the like of this cheesecake?
    • We won’t see his like again in this decade.

    alike: having exactly the same or almost identical qualities or characteristics

    • These two cats are as like as though they were of the same litter.
    • The new laws affect hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other like institutions.

    [12th century. < Old Norse líkr, shortening of glíkr, equivalent toOld English gelīc (see alike)]

    like as not to a probable or likely extent (informal)
  • Like as not he’ll show up very late.

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