Planet desk | 21 January 2019 | 9:54 am
Majority of us in general face difficulty in describing things or people in terms of their appearance, character or behavior. Even we have got problems expressing how we feel something or what our experiences regarding it. But there is nothing much to worry about. In English, there are certain rules or phrases to successfully face such hurdles. In Learn English Daily segment, today we talk about how and where to properly use two things How is…? and what’s…. like? These two phrases are very common and important in our everyday formal and casual communication. So let’s start :
When to use How is …?
We generally use How is …? to ask about someone’s general health or about the condition or state of something, or how people feel, experience or enjoy something or a situation. To get clear about it, Look at the sentences following :
1. A: How’s your mother today? (asking how her general health is)
B: Oh, she’s better now. Even she is taking food regularly. Thanks or thank u (formal).
2. A: How are the walls in the kitchen? (asking to know… What is the condition/state of the walls?)
B : Well, they are in poor state. They really need renovation on urgent basis.
3. A: How’s your new car? (asking to know how u are feeling or how u r enjoying in running it)
B: Fantastic. It’s easier to drive than the previous one.
4. A. how is ur new job? (Asking to know how u r going through new job or how u experience it)
B. Oh! It’s nice. It is more relaxing than the former one.
Now see the Uses of What is … like?
We use What is … like? to ask for a description of someone or something (e.g. their appearance, their character, their behaviour):
1. A: What’s ur new flat like? (asking to know the look or amenities of it)
B: It’s a modern and comfortable. Also it is quite big with a front view garden.
2.. A: What’s your new teacher like? (asking to know how his or her behavior or what his appearance is)
B: He’s nice. He’s very good-looking! But he’s quite strict.
2. A. What’s ur new boss like?
B. Oh! He is nice person but quite tough.
Notice : remember that we don’t use How is … like? to ask for a description of something. Look at the following sentence :
A: Have you ever had Korean kimchi?
B: No. What’s it like?
A: Well, it’s sort of spicy fermented vegetables, cabbage and things.
Warning : Do not use How is it like? in such cases.
Well, now try to use how’s…? and what’s… like? in everyday formal and casual contacts. Practice regularly and get familiar with them. Over time, hopefully u will able to comfortably overcome related hurdles.