how and what…like?

1. We use how to ask about things that change – for example people’s mood and health.
We use what… like to ask about things that do not change – for example, people’s appearance and character. Compare:

  • How‘s Ron? He’s very well.
  • What‘s Ron like. He’s tall and dark, and a bit shy.
  • How does he look?. Surprised.
  • What does he look like. Nice

2. We often use how to ask about people’s reactions to their experiences

  • How was the film? Great.
  • How‘s your steak?
  • How‘s the new job?

3. Don’t confuse the preposition like (in What… like?) with the verb like.


  • What is she like? Lovely
  • What does she like? Dancing and fast cars