July 13, 2014 - Word of the Day: like
This very common word in English is used to express a person's preferences:
When using "like" as a verb, make sure there is an object or something after it:
- Jim likes his new phone. (The word "phone" serves as an object in this sentence.)
- Sarah liked the movie she saw last night.
- A: Do you like this car?
- B: Yes, I like. (No! You need an object after the verb in this sentence.)
- B: Yes, I like it. (Good!)
The word "like" expresses romantic interests:
- She really likes him.
- He really likes her.
- They like each other a lot.
They like each other.
You can use "like" when describing an idea or an impression, or when making comparisons.
- She seems like a nice person.
- That looks like fun.
- This sounds like the Beatles.
- This tastes like chocolate.
In the next set of sentences, the word "like" is followed by a clause (subject + verb):
- That looks like it would be fun.
- It seems like they didn't have a good time.
- This hamburger tastes like it wasn't cooked long enough.
The word "like" is often used with the modal verb "would" when making choices and decisions:
- What would you like to do today?
- She would like to visit China in the future.
- They'd like to see a movie. (They'd = They would)
- I'd like to lose a little weight. (I'd = I would)
For more examples of how to use the word "like, click here. There are also a few links to videos on that page that explain how to use "like."
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