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English definition of “what are you like?”

what are you like?

(also what is she/he like?) UK informal
used when someone has said or done something silly : "Of course Emma's only worry was whether her lipstick had smudged ." "Emma! What is she like?"Question words and expressions Grammar:As or like?As and like are prepositions or conjunctions. The prepositions as and like have different meanings. As + noun means ‘in the role of’, like + noun means ‘similar to’ or ‘in the same way as’.Grammar:LikeLike has a number of meanings and uses.Grammar:Like as a verb meaning ‘enjoy’We use like to talk about things or people which we enjoy or feel positive about:Grammar:Would like in offers and requestsWe use would like or ’d like to offer something to someone in a polite way or to ask them to do something politely (requests), or politely to say what we want. We use the to-infinitive form of verbs that follow:Grammar:Like as a preposition meaning ‘similar to’Like means ‘similar to’. We often use it with verbs of the senses such as look, sound, feel, taste, seem:Grammar:Like as a conjunctionIn informal contexts, we can use like as a conjunction instead of as. Traditional grammar books consider this use of like incorrect:Grammar:Like as a suffixWe can use like as a suffix at the end of a noun to mean ‘similar to’:Grammar:Like in spoken EnglishIn informal speaking, you will hear like used very commonly. It has a number of functions. It is important not to use these forms in formal writing such as academic essays.Grammar:Be like or what is … like?We can use be like to ask for a description of someone or something (e.g. their appearance, their character, their behaviour):Grammar:Be like or look like?We use be like to talk about someone’s character or personality. We use look like to talk about someone’s appearance:
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