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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.

Increasing the tax base is like climbing a hill.

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'.


I dislike writing promissory notes for any purpose.

I like having a promissory note.

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.


Your current house appraisal looks like the one we did for the house across the street.

It looks like the bank appraisal has been approved.

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'.


We would like you to provide additional collateral in order for your loan to be approved.

We would like less than two percent of our lease portfolio to have transactions with additional collateral.