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Session 1

'Like' for preference and description

Do you like cats? What are cats like? In this session, we explore different ways of using the word like, with the help of some cute cats.

Sessions in this unit

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    Activity 1
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    Activity 2
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    Activity 3
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    Activity 4

Activity 3

Different meanings of 'like'

Read the text and try the activity

In Activity 2 we heard about three cats: Chip, Rosie and Martina.

There were two types of question with like:

1) What is Chip like?

This question asks for a description of Chip:

What is Chip like? He is stubborn, but tolerant.

The pattern 'What is ______ like?' doesn't change. You can put the name of a person, place or thing in the gap.

2) What does Chip like?

This question asks about what Chip likes, enjoys or prefers:

What does Chip like? He likes drinking milk and sleeping.

For more information, have a look at our Grammar Reference.  

To do

So, you think you can make these two types of questions? Test yourself with this activity!

Questions and answers with 'like'

4 Questions

Choose the correct word from the dropdown menu to make the questions and answers.

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So, we've looked at two uses of the word like.

In the activity there was a question about Chip: What is Chip like?

Do you remember the answer? He is stubborn, and a bit unfriendly.

Unfriendly is a word that means 'not friendly'. But how is it formed and used? Learn about this in our 6 Minute Vocabulary programme about prefixes on the next page.

Session Grammar

  • Like (as verb)

    We use like as a verb in this way: subject + like + object
    I like your earrings.


    Like (as preposition)

    We use like as a preposition in this set phrase:

    what + to be + noun/noun phrase + like?
    What’s your English teacher like?