How and what...like?
We use how to ask about things that change for example, peoples health and moods. We use what --- like? to ask about things that do not change - for example, peoples looks and character.
- ‘How is she?’ ‘She is very well.’
- What is she like? She is a bit shy. (NOT How is she?)
- What does she look like? She is short, dark and pretty.
We often use how to ask about peoples reactions to their experiences.
- ‘How was the film?’ ‘Not bad.’
- ‘How is your new job?’ ‘Quite interesting.’
What -- like? is also possible in cases like these.
...hardly ...when/before ...
Have or have got
Have vs Having
Hear and listen
He, she or they
How and what like?
However, yet, still, though
How ever and however
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