To be like/ to look like

adrs

Senior Member
I have some doubts related to those verbs. The point is I don't really know how to use them.

Here are my examples:

- What is he like? He's intelligent and funny.
- What does the building look like? It's quite small, and it has a wooden door and white walls.

Therefore, I'd like to know why in the second question one uses "look like" and not "like"--> What is the building like?


Thanks so much.

PD: Please, correct my mistakes.
 
  • sound shift

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    English - England
    "What is the building like?" is a bigger question than "What does the building look like?"

    "What does the building look like?": a question about appearance.
    Answer: "It's quite small. It has a wooden door and white walls."

    "What is the building like?": a general question.
    Answer: "It's quite small. It has a wooden door and white walls. It's badly heated and it has rising damp. The electrical wiring is not very good."
     
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