Peter is good at chess.

Thomas1

Senior Member
polszczyzna warszawska
I’m wondering what question I can ask about the bolded part in the following sentence (made-up by me) using one question word*:
Peter is good at chess.


I’ve browsed some threads about “how” or “what” + “be (like)” questions and I think that if I have a sentence like:
Peter is tall.
I can ask the following question about “tall”:
What is Peter like?


Is either “What is Peter like at chess?” or “How is Peter at chess?” correct? If so, does any of them sound natural?


*question word – for instance: what, which, how, etc.


Thank you,
T
 
  • Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    What is Peter like at chess? :tick:
    How is Peter at chess?
    :tick:

    Is Peter [any] good at chess?
    How good is Peter at chess?
     
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    Thomas1

    Senior Member
    polszczyzna warszawska
    Hi Biffo,

    Thank you for your answer. :)


    1. Is there any difference in meanig between "What is Peter like at chess?" and “How is Peter at chess?"
    2. Would native English speakers prefer one of them?
     

    Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Hi Biffo,

    Thank you for your answer. :)


    1. Is there any difference in meanig between "What is Peter like at chess?" and “How is Peter at chess?"
    2. Would native English speakers prefer one of them?
    There is very little difference. Maybe if you invent some dialogues using these terms we can see if they sound right. :)
     
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