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Like That

Uses of Like

'Like' can be used as a verb or as a preposition. Some common questions using 'like' are easy to confuse.

What's he like?

In this instance, 'like' is used as a preposition. 'What ... like?' is used to ask about a person's or object's character.


The tax base of Britannica Online is just like the same one with Regional Industry.

Account activity is just like balancing your check book.

NOTE: This question is often confused with the common question: How is he?

The question 'How is he?' is answered with:

He's fine. OR He's OK.

Like + -ing

Use 'like' as a verb in a simple tense followed by the gerund (-ing) to mean 'enjoy doing something'. 'Like' is also sometimes followed by the infinitive (to do) to mean 'choose to do something'.


Our customers like maintaining accrued revenue.

I dislike writing promissory notes for any purpose.

Look Like

'Look like' is a phrasal verb used to express appearance. In this case, 'like' is used as a preposition. 'Like' can be used in the sense of 'similar to' if you are making a comparison between two persons.


A bank draft will often look like a check, but, unlike a check, you must deposit a draft into your bank account.

It looks like the results of the appraisal will be available this afternoon.

Would Like + Infinitive

'Like' is also used with 'would like' to express wishes. 'Would like' is always followed by the infinite form of the verb (to do).

Use 'would like' to express a wish that you have at a specific moment in time. Contrast this with 'like doing' which is used to speak about general preferences. 'Would like' is often used in restaurants, or other public places to mean 'want to have something'.


They would like additional collateral before signing the loan agreement.

They would like to stop a check as there is a function tomorrow.