What Does She Look Like x What Is She Like

1. What Does She Look Like?

To us native speakers it feels quite obvious what this question is asking, but for ESL students it may be easily confused with the more idiomatic question of What is she like?

“What does she look like?” refers to her physical characteristics. She may be pretty, have brown hair, a nice smile. be slim, tall, short, etc. Here are some examples of what you’ll want to include when describing a person:

  • Blond hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Mustache/beard/goatee
  • Wears glasses
  • Bald/balding
  • Long/short hair
  • Straight—curly
  • Shapes: circular, round, square, rectangular, oval, big, small

Also some opposites to include:

  • Tall—short
  • Handsome/beautiful/attractive/lovely—ugly/unattractive
  • Pretty/cute—plain
  • Young/old
  • Heavy-set (a better option than fat)—thin/slim/slender

2. What Is She like?

This question sounds similar to the one above but has a totally different meaning.  This is referring to someone’s personalityHere are some good adjectives to start:

  • Confident
  • Smart/intelligent/clever
  • Silly/funny
  • Nice/lovely/cute
  • Sweet
  • Generous
  • Honest
  • Friendly
  • Shy/quiet
  • Outgoing
  • Polite/rude




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