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Questions: “How?” or “What…like?”

Use “how” when asking about a person (or even animal’s) emotional state, or state of well-being. Used only when asking about living things. (In this context.)

Use “what…like” when asking for a description of something. This could include someone’s personality or physical appearance, or describing other physical or abstract things.




“John had an accident last week.”

“Oh no! How is he?” (State of well-being.)


“Sile met another guy last week.”

“Oh really? What is this one like?” (Description of personality and / or physical appearance.)


How is your home town? – WRONG
What is your home town like? – CORRECT (Description of physical object.)

  1. 28/12/2012 at 7:48 AM

    I want to English speaker Patton

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