Uses of Like
'Like' can be used as a verb or as a preposition. Some common questions using 'like' are easy to confuse.
In this instance, 'like' is used as a preposition. 'What ... like?' is used to ask about a person's or object's character.
A toad is just like a frog in every measurable way.
The software you're using is just like the software we're using for our Matching Gifts Program.
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'.
The organ donor likes feeling helpful.
Don likes speaking out on media advocacy.
'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.
The head of the donor organized NGO operates looks like Woody Allen.
It looks like they're going to meet their goals.
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'.
I would like to see emergency aid go to the most needy people.
Our membership would like to receive a free gift with every donation.