Uses of Like

The word like can be used in different ways and has various meanings depending on how it’s used in its context. This page will help you feel more comfortable in how to use like in different ways. If you would like to learn more about the usage of like, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to look around, learn, and practice.

Below is a list of the different ways it can be used:

Used as a Conjunction

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?

Describing Similarities

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).

Describing Fondness or Enjoyment

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?

Describing Appearance

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.

Saying that We Want Something

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?

Describing or Asking about Opinion

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.