This very common word in English is used to express a person’s preferences:

When using "like" as a verb, make sure there is an object or something after it:

  • Jim likes his new phone. (The word "phone" serves as an object in this sentence.)
  • Sarah liked the movie she saw last night.
  • A: Do you like this car?
  • B: Yes, I like. (No! You need an object after the verb in this sentence.)
  • B: Yes, I like it. (Good!)

The word "like" expresses romantic interests:

  • She really likes him.
  • He really likes her.
  • They like each other a lot.


They like each other.

You can use "like" when describing an idea or an impression, or when making comparisons.

  • She seems like a nice person.
  • That looks like fun.
  • This sounds like the Beatles.
  • This tastes like chocolate.

In the next set of sentences, the word "like" is followed by a clause (subject + verb):

  • That looks like it would be fun.
  • It seems like they didn’t have a good time.
  • This hamburger tastes like it wasn’t cooked long enough.

The word "like" is often used with the modal verb "would" when making choices and decisions:

  • What would you like to do today?
  • She would like to visit China in the future.
  • They’d like to see a movie. (They’d = They would)
  • I’d like to lose a little weight. (I’d = I would)

For more examples of how to use the word "like, click here. There are also a few links to videos on that page that explain how to use "like."

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July 13, 2014