What’s It Like?


There are two common questions we ask friends and acquaintances about other people.

“What’s she like?”

“What does he look like?”

In this post I’ll take a look at these questions and possible answers when talking about people and also things.

The question “What’s she like?” should be answered with a personality description.

“She’s really charming and talkative.”

The question “What does he look like?” should be answered with an appearance description, probably without the verb ‘look’.

“He’s tall, dark-haired and average build.”

If you use look, it can mean something different to what you may want to say.

“He looks thin.”

may mean

“He looks thin but is actually overweight.”

You can also say someone looks like someone else.

“Marc looks like Brad Pitt’s reflection in a spoon.”

Describing Things

You can use “What is it like?” and “What does it look like?” to talk about things, too.

“What’s the website like?”

“It’s really useful and motivating.”

“What does it look like?”

“The graphic design could be better but it’s not terrible.”