How or What: How/What does it look like?

Hi! I would like to get your opinion on this. Thanks.

Which sentence is correct?

  1. How does it look like?
  2. What does it look like?

Both

Hi chocolatee

Only sentence 2 is grammatically correct.
The correct form of sentence 1 would be --> How does it look? (i.e., the word ‘like’ is incorrect here.)

A response to “How does it look?” would normally be an adjective.

A response to “What does it look like?” would usually be a noun. (i.e. something that looks similar to “it”). You might end up getting adjectives as a response here, too — especially if you ask about a person rather than a thing. As Pamela mentioned, in the response, you need an object after the word ‘like’ .

Examples:
Q: “How does it look?”
A: “It looks fantastic!”

Q: “How does he look?”
A: “He looks angry.”

Q: “What does it look like?” (it = his house, for example)
A: “It looks like a castle in a fairy tale.”

Q: “What does he look like?”
A: “He looks like a movie star. He’s tall, dark and very handsome! In fact, I think he looks a lot like George Clooney.”

Amy