Unit 3: Like this, like that
'Like' for preference and description
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In this session we continue looking at the word like. And to help you when giving descriptions, we do some vocabulary work. Time to learn some adjectives!
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6 Minute Grammar: Like
'Like' as a verb and preposition
It's time for 6 Minute Grammar. This week Sophie and Finn explain different meanings of the word like.
And we find out if Sophie likes Chinese food.
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Hello. Welcome to 6 Minute Grammar with me, Finn.
And me, Sophie. Hello. Today, we're talking about the word like.
Yes, the word like. We'll be looking at two different ways to use it.
We'll also give you a useful tip about time expressions.
And there'll be a quiz to practice what we've studied...
And we'll even get to find out a bit of personal information about Finn!
Oh no, not too personal I hope!
Let's wait and see shall we? Now - the word like.
Like. It's an interesting word in English, because when it comes to grammar, we can use it as a verb and we can also use like as a preposition.
So let's start with like as a verb. And here's Neil with our first example:
James likes playing football.
Thank you Neil. So we have the subject 'James', the verb likes, and the object playing football. Let's hear it again – this time, Neil, as a question.
Does James like playing football?
This question is made with does plus the subject, plus the base form of the verb like.
And the verb like is asking about preference – things you enjoy.
Yes exactly. For example, I can find out about Finn's sporting preferences by asking: Do you like playing football? Do you like playing football, Finn?
I love playing football! But sadly, I'm not very good. Now, the second way we can use like is when we ask for a description, like this:
What's your house like?
So here, like is a preposition, not a verb, and it goes at the end of the question.
This time, we don't use do or does. The question is made of what plus the verb to be, plus the subject plus like. What's your house like, Sophie?
My house Finn? It's very beautiful actually! Let's have another example:
What was your weekend like?
So – thank you Neil – it's what plus to be, plus a subject, plus like, to ask for a description. And as for the answer – remember to use adjectives in your descriptions. What was your weekend like, Sophie?
It was lovely, thank you Finn. Very relaxing! I had coffee with friends, and then we went for a long walk! What was your weekend like?
It was very very busy. I spent the whole weekend tidying my flat.
You poor thing! Now, you can also use like to ask someone to describe a person. Finn, what's your dad like?
My Dad, my Dad's great. He's very clever.
Yep. And he's tall... and he's a little bit bald. And he likes writing, too!
You're listening to bbclearningenglish.com.
And in this programme we're finding out a bit about Finn...
And we're talking about using like in two different ways.
We can use like as a verb to show preference, for example: 'My mother likes Italian food' or 'Does your father like reading?'
And we can use like as a preposition with the verb to be to ask for descriptions, starting with what and ending with like.
Finn, what's your girlfriend like?
A good example but I think that's enough personal questions for one programme! It's time for a quiz. I'm going to ask three questions. For each question, first: can you decide whether I'm asking for preference or for a description. Then - answer the question! Here's the first one: Do you like Chinese food?
Right, well the question starts with does, and like isn't at the end, so you're asking for preference. Actually, I really like Chinese food.
Me too! Now, the next one. What's the new shopping centre like?
This question starts with what, ends in like, and there's no do, does or did, so you're asking for a description. The new shopping centre is usually very busy!
Is it indeed! Now, here's the last question. What movies do you like?
This is an interesting one: the question starts with what, and ends with like, but it has do, so like is a verb, and you're asking for preference. What movies do I like? I like comedies.
Me too. Well done if you got those right.
So, that's like as a verb to talk about preference, and like as a preposition to ask for a description. Remember to use do or does for preference and to be for a description.
Now, there's lots more about this on our website at bbclearningenglish.com. Do join us again for more 6 Minute Grammar.
End of Session 2
That's the end of this session. We hope you've learned something about how to use like. In the next session we join Emma on the streets of London as she asks people about their hometowns.