Welcome back to another lesson with Connect Eikaiwa (コネクト英会話) as we look into two questions that Elementary English learners think are tricky.

What are you like? vs. What do you like?

Do you see that both questions have only one word that is different?

“What are you like?” is a question with the be-verb (are.) It is asking you to describe yourself. Your answer also uses the be-verb: I am tall and strong.

! Be careful:  Use the word “like” in the answer if the object is a noun, not an adjective.

Correct ⇒⇒⇒⇒⇒⇒ I am like my brother. I have black hair and a moustache.    or    I am like a wrestler. I’m tall and strong.

Wrong ⇒⇒⇒⇒ I am like tall and strong.

“What do you like?” is a question with the do-verb (do.) It is asking you to talk about what things you enjoy eating, doing, and more. Answers could be:

I like playing the piano.

like action movies. Bruce Willis is my favorite.


Tips so you don’t mix up the questions

I recommend that you practice saying these questions and really focus on the 2nd word of the questions of “what are you like?” and “what do you like?” Remember that “what are you like?” uses a be-verb so it’s asking a person to describe. “What do you like?” uses the do-verb so the focus is on the verb “like” and the word “like” would be in the answer.

Write us at Connect Eikaiwa (コネクト英会話) answering the Elementary questions: What you are like? and What do you like? I’ll see you at our next class. Have Fun Studying!!!

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