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Look can mean seem or appear. In this case it is a copular verb and can be followed by adjectives.

We can use a few noun phrases after look in the same way as adjectives.

Look can be followed by like or as if. Progressive forms are not usually used in this case.

Look as an ordinary verb

When look means turn one’s eyes towards, it is used with adverbs, not adjectives.

Before an object, a preposition is necessary (usually at). A preposition is not used when there is no object.

Look after and look for

Look after means take care of; look for means try to find.


See also

Laid off vs. Fired
Last and the last
Lay and lie
The least and the fewest
Less and fewer
Like and as

See also

Just, already and yet

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