Vocabulary look

look – v (appearance); Followed by an adjective

look like – v prep ex/ It looks like rain as if it was going to… (resemble something); Followed by a noun

look alike – v adj (2, 3, or many things look similar)

look as if – v + conj (possibility going to happen, seem to be); Followed by unrealistic situations

look as though – v + conj; Followed by a clause (probability)

  1. Are you alright Mary? You _________ you haven’t slept in a long time.
  • look
  • look like
  • look as though
  • look alike

Looks as though is followed by a clause (sub. and verb)


  1. Pete, that hat really _________ good on you. You remind me of a young Humphrey Bogart in that movie Casablanca.
  • looks like
  • looks as if
  • looks
  • look

look(s) is followed by an adjective. It is a copula verb.


  1. Alison: What a strange painting.
    Francis: Yeah. It ___________ a Dali, but I’m pretty sure it’s a rip-off (fake).
  • looks like
  • looks
  • looks as though
  • looks alike

Look like is followed by a noun (or noun phrase)


  1. On the surface, the programs __________; yet they have certain, fundamental differences in application.
  • looks
  • look alike
  • look like
  • look as if

look alike = be similar.


  1. Well, it ________ the takeover won’t be completed before the year’s end. We’ll have to carry on with our prior plans.
  • looks
  • looks like
  • looks as
  • looks as though

  1. Why the huge smile, Jack? You ______ you’d just won the lottery or something.
  • look as if
  • look like
  • look alike
  • look

‘Look as if’ is usually followed by an unrealistic situation.


  1. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it ___________ our guest speaker won’t be able to make it tonight. I’m afraid we’ll have to go on without him.
  • looks like
  • look alike
  • looks as if
  • looks as though

Technically, you can also answer (c); but, because this is a case of a real situation, “looks as though” is preferable


  1. I had a feeling I recognized that girl. She’s Sarah’s sister, right? They really ________, don’t they?
  • look like
  • look alike
  • look
  • look as if

“Look alike”, in this case, means they have a similar appearance.


  1. Anyway, I went up to her thinking she was Sarah and I started talking to her. Wow, she really __________ confused.
  • looked like
  • looked alike
  • looked as though
  • looked

  1. I can’t accept this painting for your portfolio, Craig. I’m afraid it ________ too much ________ the last you handed in for evaluation.
  • looks, alike
  • looks, as though
  • looks, as if
  • looks, like
  • look, alike
  • look, as though
  • look, as if
  • look, like
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