Uses of Like

The word like can have many different meanings depending on its context.

We can use like in conjunction with other words to say that something is similar or the same:

Stephan is like me, he likes sport and physical exercise.

I’ve never done anything like this before.

That’s a funny looking vehicle! It looks like a car.

Is snowboarding like skiing?

It is also possible to say: like (something/somebody) doing something

A: Did you hear that?

B: It sounds like a dog barking.

* NOTE: like is used as a preposition here. Thus it can be used before a pronoun (like me, like this), a noun (like a car) or -ing (like skiing).

We can use like as a verb to say that we enjoy or are fond of something:

I really like your dress! Where did you get it?

She doesn’t like horror films. They give her nightmares.

Do Stacey and Tim like Italian food?

We can use look like to ask about or describe appearance:

A: Who does Tina look like in her family?

B: Like her mother.

A: What does George look like?

B: He’s tall and has short dark hair.

We can use the expression would like to say that we want something:

(in a restaurant) I would like the grilled tuna please.

Poor Andrew. I wouldn’t like to be in his position.

Would you like a drink?

We can use be like to describe or ask an opinion about something/someone:

A: I’ve never been to Paris before. What’s it like?

B: It’s a lovely city.