LOOKisn’t as easy to use as it looks. In this English vocabulary lesson we look at this word in its different uses. It may seem simple, but you’ll see that there are several different meanings here. I’ll help you understand what native speakers are trying to say when they use these short combinations of words.
Thank you Adam…. I’ve learn so much because of you and Ronnie ;)
Thanks Adam You are Awesome man :)
For all people here Ladies and Gentlemen I hope there is anybody wants to practice his/her English with me voice chat :)
my skype is khalid_3adel
Thank you Mr adam…
Hi Adam, how’ve you been?
I’ve noticed you answer to all type of grammar questions posted here even though they are not related to the topic of the lesson.
So, I took the liberty of asking you a couple of questions on the following sentence:
” I think it is too big A price.”
– What’s the name of this grammar pattern?
– How is it form or constructed?
Thanks in advance for clarifying my doubts.
It doesn’t really have a name. It is a formal structure that is dependent on the indefinite article (a/an). It also isn’t limited to ‘too’:
as/how/so/too/this/that + adjective + a/an + noun
In essence it is a quantifying adverb phrase meaning so adj/such an adjective
The price is so high that I can’t afford it.
It is such a high price that I can’t afford it.
I think it is too high a price.
Hope this helps.
hay adam,the price is so high that I can’t afford it.
at this sentence should we use ‘too’ ? because this sentence has negative meaning.
the price is too high that I can’t afford it.
thanks for your clarifying
In that case, you would need to change the conjunction:
The price is too high, so (that) I can’t afford it.
In that case, the second clause is a result.
However, by saying that the price is “too” high, the second part is redundant (unnecessary). If it’s too high, it means you can’t afford it.
Hope this helps.
Would this be comprehending? It looks like we will have to buy sweets tomorrow!
Thank you !
Thanks adam, this is really useful
At first glance expressions with LOOK seem easy to use, however as you deep into them things do not look that easy.
Knowing a bit of grammar helps to understand much better their use and meaning.
Are they phrasal verbs/idiomatic expressions?
Many thanks for this video-lesson Adam.
They’re comparatives mostly. You might want to consider them similes, but that’s a whole other story :)
alhamdolellah I got 100% ^^ , thanks Adam !
Thank you so much!
Thank you very much for this lesson!
Can you please tell me how to use “arrive in” and “arrive at” ?
Thank you so much :))
After a quick search, i have to agree with the common explanation that arrive in is used for a city (or big place) while arrive at is used for a smaller place, like a station.
Arrive at can also mean reacha conclusion (arrive at a conclusion).
Hope this helps.
I got 8 correct out of 10. I was confused a little.
Thank you, Adam :)
Thanks for the class Adam. This subject isn’t easy.
I’ve got 70% scores. I have to practise and practise much more. thank you so much ;))
Hi Adam thanks alot for your help.
I have a question related with your writing transitions’s video, Is besides used as well as furthermore, moreover and in addition? I mean, in a TOEFL essay, for example.
I’ll gladly if you keep doing videos about the TOEFL
‘Besides’ can be used to add a point. the key is to include the first idea after besides and add the second idea after:
Besides its good taste, a banana’s composition also provides essential vitamins to one’s diet.
If you use besides on its own, it means something like ‘anyway’
hope this helps.
There is a precise video by Emma on besides vs beside. This is an additional comment to Adam’s below explanation.
Hola cdmunoz, presentaste el toefl test? estoy interesada en hablar contigo, yo tambien presentare el toefl
May I ask you a question, Adam? In quiz no.10, why the correct answer is ‘it look…’? I think that the phrase ‘it looks…’ would be right. Do I miss something? Please teach me… thanks.
The reply appeared to me ‘It looks…like’ !!
The same question Adam. Why so?
Hi. In Q#10 I used “looks… like” and I have it right.
The correct answer is looks like. That’s actually what appears there as well. Not sure why you see look like.
Check again and let me know.
Tnx a lot) it’s much more difficult that it looks like.
I’m really confused about using article “a” before name (sentence 2 in quiz).
Hope someone helps me to understand)))
It reminds me of a character. The young (not old) Bogart. That’s why we use ‘a’. It’s not the name, it;s the character. Does this help?
It was useful to me so much. Thanks Adam waiting for more.
Hi. Benjamin made a very good lesson about an English center in London. I wish it was possible to make one in Canada. :)
I’ll see what we can do, Anahita :)
Good morning Many thanks
I really admire your natural sound. Give me some advice to help me
So do I
Advice about what? English?
Hello princesse.If you would like to practise with me English , here is my skype id: hamid.abdi90
I would like to explain look like, lake, lick loock. Many tanks again
Thank you Adam!
Thank you so much, it was very usefull. Especialy,- look as if- and – look as though-
Uh-oh, I’ve got only 5/10 about this. I’m still confused about difference between them, so I have to practice harder. Thank you for your useful tips, Adam.
Thanks adam … the quiz was a little bit confusing I only got 6 correct .. I should watch the video again :)
Well done Adam! Nice lesson.
Is here anybody would like to chat with me through skype.My skype ID is “rexhemel”.
hi himel . where do you live in Bangladesh.?
I live in dhaka. you can add me in skype.
Thank you Adam! Very uesful lesson!
My Skype ID is “girlhm.97”. Please add me to practice English together. It’ll be so much fun^^
This lesson seems easy but it is not.
I cannot figure it out.
Watch it again Limpar. It’ll come to you :)
THANK YOU SO MUCH, IT WAS VERRY NICE LESSON, I LOVE IT
how can I download some videos?????????
You can watch them online only Mahdi.
i have 50% in this quiz
sad i got 7/10 hahaha
HI Adam!What a deadly video!
I’m really interested with your accent and my question is how to pronounce FIRST OF ALL as you do,you seem more natural and relaxed.Thanks in advance.
Try saying this fast:
fir sto vol
Please.. send me a request to practice english conversation on:
Also confused… it seemed to me not so difficult but I got only 5 (( Anyway, thanks Adam!
hi adam im from afghanistan please add me in skype omar.osman87 because practice english
It looked like an easy lesson but it isn’t at all!
Thanks ,Adam. You are a great teacher.
Wow! I have got all of them correct! Thanks sir :)
Very useful lesson!!
Jesus loves you all!
really i am thanking you mr.Adam.
nice lesson Adam a got 8 for 10 wow thank you so much
you are the best
i m Thomas Mathias , i am ask one question ,
how to start English
please help me
You are here on engvid.com. I think you started :)
I got 4 of 10, i need to be improved more.
Thank u so much
Mr Adim always we say he looks like his father.Sometimes we say he looks liks his sister
That’s sad for him, no?
could you teach me…???
I’ll do my best Jayaku :)
wow….!!! two correct….
Very interesting lesson, I learnt a lot, thanks :)
Luisfer900530 skype… ;)
Adam, in this sentence:
Are you alright Mary? You _________ you haven’t slept in a long time.
why whe have to use look as though?
Firstly, you will hear many native speakers use look like in this case. But, because there is a clause (sub. and verb) after the blank, you have to use a clause conjunction, which is ‘as’. ‘like’ is a preposition, so it can’t be followed by a clause.
If you say ‘like’ in this case, though, everyone will understand you.
On an English test, you will lose a point.
Does this help?
Yes Adam, it helps! thanks
Hello Adam !
I like your teaching style: calm not so fast and understandable.
Practicaly everything i know but as they say:
“Repetition is a mother of learning !”
Thank you :)
This is quite helpful lesson. Well done Adam. Appreciated.
I failed the quiz!!!
I seems hard to understand. But thank you so much it helps me a lot.
Never give up Hallelujah :)
Thank you for this good lesion.
I can understand this word, look, now!
thank you Mr.Adam.
learning here is an icing on the cake
my regards to Mrs.Emma
but i do not know how to use look as if & look as though
Thank you Eng.
In many cases they can both be used. Watch the video again for the subtle difference :)
wonderful lesson .thanks teacher
Thank u very much Adam for these vocabularies.Could u consider adding example sentences more while telling us to explain them how we can use ?
Will do Semihazer :)
great lesson it is.. i was very confused about whether to use is/are or was/were after it looks as if/as though.. thanks for making this very useful lesson
got 8 out of 10
Hi Adam, I would like you to clear my confusion about using noun after to and have had. Here’s some example.
1_ Girl said to her friend, I told someone today you would probably do a night shift to try and avoid me.
My question is can we use trying here instead of to try like this, you would probably do a night shift trying and avoid me.Is this correct.
2_ girl said to his friend, go home,you should have to get back to studying.
why we use studying after to instead of to study
we usually use verb after to.when and which condition we use noun after to.it gets me confused.
3_ I have had as much reality as i can handle today.
I want to learn using of have had.In which context and situation we use have had.do we use it for past tense.?
tell to somebody, not say
First, the —ing. We use these words as gerunds in the examples you gave. In other words they are not verbs, but nouns that show an activity, like swimming, or reading. in the example you gave, the ‘to’ is not part of a verb; it is a preposition showing direction (get back to your room to study; get back to studying) this means return to the activity you were doing before.
Have had is the present perfect of have. Remember that have can be used as a helping verb or a possessive action verb.
I have a dog.
I have had a dog for three years.
Does this help a little?
Adam your lessons are good presented, clearly and with simple examples. Thank you for your commitment.
Really good! I got 7 correct!
hello. teacher Adam.
i got 7 out of 10.
i need to do more do my best to learn english.
have a great day!
This is really helpful for me..tnk u for sharing it for us..Godbless..
Your lessons and the way you speak are great. Many thanks. It helps a lot.
Hello. I’ve a question. look as if and look as though it can use only in the past?
No, they can be used for all tenses:
it looked as if he won
It looks as though he’s going to win
It looks as though he’s winning
I liked the lesson. Thank you, Adam.
But I’d like to know why you use the past tense in the example (as if it was/were going to rain)?
I think it was mostly to show that you still have to use the subjunctive with the ‘if’, just like in regular usage.
Hello everyone.I got 5/10,this is bad.I need to study hard indeed.
u r wonderfull teacher
Very usefull. Especially the difference between ‘as if’ and ‘as though
The best teacher!!!!
It is so nice. congrats.
Thanks, very useful c:
I really aprreciate your lessons, they’re great
Hi adam,could you please explaining to us what the difference between affect and effect and giving us some examples on each one of them.Thank you so much for every thing.
The common answer is that affect is a verb and effect is a noun. It’s important to remember that effect can also be a verb.
Affect: cause a change in something
effect (n.): that change
effect (v.): to bring about (a change. a mood, etc.)
The sun affects the lighting of the Earth differently at different times of the day. Photographers like to take advantage of this to add different effects to their photos.
The new CEO wanted to effect a new culture in the office, so he hired an HR consultant to advise him on how to do this.
Does this help?
10/10 it looks like I was born in Cambridge??!! ;-()
Thank you so much Mr Adam, it is nice to see you again!!!
I like your losses
Not sure what you mean Abdelaziz
What do you mean by losses?
Your lessons are my favorite Adam, thanks for taking the time to explain some answers in the quiz.
Hello, Mr.Adam. Could you please create a lesson about verbs such as concludes, consists of, contains etc.
Thanks a lot)
I’ll see what I can do Eddyman :)
thank’s mr adam
Although I watched this lesson more than twice yet I don’t know how to use “Looks as if” T^T
It means that there is the possibility that something will be or will happen, but we;re not sure yet.
It looks as if team A will easily beat team B.
We think this because team A is full of good players, but it’s also possible they’ll lose.
Does this help?
Some help, please *^*
it is useful lesson thank you Adam
hi adam why were you too fast at the end video.
you should write whole sentences . nevertheless thanks for your useful lesson
at the first. I didn’t understand ıt looks and as if together. Your words of sentence weren’t together
It looks as if it is going to rain
is it correct sentence or not
we must say, ıt looks as if it were going to rain.
after ‘as if’ must it be past tence
thanks for your answer in advance
You can say looks as if it is going. Just keep in mind that technically you should use was/were, not as past tense, but rather as a subjunctive.
Does this help?
thanks for your clarifying
Can’t we use ‘is’ with look as if or look as though?
Yes, you can. Technically, we looks as if, the was/were is more correct , but both are acceptable.
Could you tell me the different between “saving” and “savings”??
Many thanks !!!!
As for saving, it could be a gerund, meaning the activity. But without context, hard to tell.
Savings is usually the money that you have saved over time. Probably the money in your bank account.
thank you Adam i love this lesson
Thank you… very good class.
Dear Sir, Could you please arrange online live class?it will be apt for speaking
I don’t think we are set up for that. I’ll look into it.
Thank you Adam.
This was a hard lesson for me, I need watch it again. If someone want practice her/his English with me: my skype is Miguel Angel Carriazo.
You are just an ideal teacher Mr Adam
thanks Adam you are the man
Thankyou adammm :)
thank you adam, your lesson is really in detail and helpful.
thank you for your teaching
i learn a lot ^^
Thank you Adam for your lesson.
Thanks so much Adam, I’m enjoying really.
Sir, i am practicing to write essay’s , how to test weather i am doing right-way or wrong-way. Can you give me your email id i shall send you my essay and you can give remarks on my essay.
See my site:
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You can submit an essay through there.
Hi Adam! Thank you for your answers at previous lesson. And I have more.
In an English textbook for Russian students I read:
LOOK AT THE FIRST OF THESE FOUR PICTURE.(is it a mistake that picture without “S”(I mean singular)?)Thank you.
Yes, it should be pictures.
Thank you for your answers at previous lesson again and now I know if someone answers I HAVE BEEN TO LONDON it means that he was there some times ago. And if I only from London and staying in a doorpost I can answer I HAVE BEEN IN LONDON(I WAS IN LONDON).
Can I say: I HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL FROM 1994 TO 2004?
Can I say: I WENT TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL FROM 1994 TO 2004?
Can I say: I WILL HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL SEANCE 2015 TILL 2025?
If it’s 2014, then the past simple is needed to talk about a definite past time. so:
I WENT TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL FROM 1994 TO 2004
In 2025, I will have been going to the local school for 11 years.
That’s a very big help! Thank you Adam!
Thank you very much!!!
Thanks everyone :)
thanks you, because I can understand all that you teach to us
Thank you, Adam ^^
Thanks Adam. This topic looks like it is easier than it really is in practice.I had to assist the video three times before getting a 100 in the quiz.
Or “looks like easier than it really is in practice?”
I know that it looks easier than it is in practice, but that’s true for many things. ;)
I got it.Thanks Adam. :)
Thanks Adam ^^
Wow that was interesting!
Thanks so much to all Engvid Teachers and God bless u all.
Thank you very much Adam. :D
I failed, l need help
Thank you Adam!
pretty hard -.-
Thank you Mr.Adam!
thanks a lot Adam , you are a great teacher
very very helpful for tests. Thank You.
Thanks got 60% without watching the lesson.
Dear Adam, Thank you your detailed explanation, but I made the quiz several times and it has not been successful (4 from 10) I had problem especially with “look like”. Please explain one more time just this one expression ! I very appreciate your work and help! Thank You!
Look like means that something has a similar appearance to something else.
Tom looks like his father.
‘like’ is not a verb, it is a preposition, so it is important to remember that what comes after like is a noun or an adjective or a phrase.
Does this help?
Hi Adam, thanks for your videos, there are very usefull!!
I need to practice my speaking, so I would like to speak with you or someone who want to practice.
I hope hear from you soon.
Thank you dear Adam! Your answer was very useful. I’ve understood meaning of “Look like”,but why is it so important what is after “like”?
Thanks, good job :)
i got 90 correct out of 100. thanks adam
Today I’ve started to see in English the serie “Friends” and in the first episode I noticed the next sentence:
– You look like you slept with a hanger in your mouth (because she was really happy).
It should be “It LOOKS AS IF you had slept with a hanger in your mouth”, shouldn’t it?
Cheers mate! :-)
I’ve noticed I’m the first Spanish in posting a comment here too! :-D
thank u very much adam
Adam, you’re the best teacher ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Adam, a question. I was in England and I heard
a teacher saying: ” I very much fancy you.”
Is it a British thing or is it snobish?
I’d very much like to know your opinion about
Thank you your answer. Great honor for me to learn from a native english man.
Unfortunately I don’t understand the different the “look like” and the “look alike” in using and and How can I comprehend the difference between “as if ” and “as though”. I have a last question too: Why do we use “was” verb after as though and why not rather the “were”?
One of my question was what is the different of meaning between “look like” and look alike” and luckily I’ve understood it. Thank You your lecture about it. Please your explain about my two last questions: different between as if and as though (Could you show more example about it?) and about use of verbs: “was and were” in this case. Thank you your help I very appreciate your work. It is very useful topic for the people!!
good, and useful lesson. thanks Adam
Thanks Adam. I like your short explanation below the questions.
Thanks Adam. I love the way you speak English.
Thanks Adam for your very good lesson. Now I got that. Just a bit confused on number 9. What does phrase “go up her thinking” mean? Please help me. Thanks again
I got 90% in the quiz :)
Thank You Adam!
Im sorry Mr Adam
could u mind to explain why the answer of no.10 is LOOKS
why not LOOK?
Can you help me somewhat on modals
It’s one of the hardest topic for me..
I am very grateful for your teaching!! YOu are very valuable teacher for the foreigners!! :-) Please write about the differences between “look as if and “look as though” THANK YOU! I am violin artist from Hungary (Vidám Zenész= Happy Musician) my name: Ferenc Karpule)
Got 7 out of 10. :)
Thanks a lot for the lesson! I want to ask can I say : You look like your father or You look alike you father ? (I mean they have much in common in their appearance)
thanks a lot Adam your course is very useful and interesting
hey Adam this class was very difficul for me but was good!! thanks for tyou time
hey Adam where can I use the chat for practice my english gramar?
Can you explain “look like” and “look alike” clearly?
At question 3, I chose “look alike” but it’s incorrect.
Very difficult lesson. Too hard to my mind
I need more practice. Where can i take more tests
Sir I do not understand quiz question no. 4 please you can explain this sentence how it refers look alike = be similar
If I wanted to use the expression”look as if” in the past,how would I use it?
-It looked as if it were to rain
-It looked as if it had been raining
For me, both of them are correct. The first one means that something in the past makes you think that it was about to rain(maybe clouds were gray). And the second one means that there were some evidences that make you think that it had been rainig(maybe the streets were wet).Could you clarify that, please?
You can say looks as if it is going. Just keep in mind that technically you should use was/were, not as past tense, but rather as a subjunctive
Hello sir could you please explain where can we use was/were besides past tense like here you just used it for future
Hi Adam!thank you for this lesson, it’s been really useful!I have just started watching videos and I am a bit confused about how you used was/were: “It looks as if it was/were going to rain”. I used to think that “were” was incorrect as the subject “it” is singular. Would you mind to explain it: Thanks a lot!
Hey Adam. Thank you so much for this lesson. It’s so useful for me. Sometimes I don’t catch you. Please could you more slowly speaking. Thank you again :)
Adam, thanks for clarifying this issue. Although I thought you would dive a little in the use of “look like”. Is it correct to say “I look like more my father than my mother”, or do I have to use “I look more like my father than my mother”? Thanks in advance.
Hi Vitor, I think it should be the 2nd option:
I look more like my father..
thank u so much Adam
I have a problem , I could understand every thing in English but I can not speak English I know more than 1000 English words .
what the wrong with me???? :(
Hi I scored 7/10. Didn’t choose ‘as though’ at all. I came upon this actually while looking for the use of ‘look/looks’ to describe appearance.
Eg. – The change in her look/looks?
I find instances where both are being used.
i got 5 what a shame ,i never got before this score since i have been watching engvid and i took this test while i’m in dozing mood,probably that is the main reason i think.my aim to became a good native speaker like you…
Good morning teacher!
I am Brazilian and leave in São Paulo.Thanks for your classes.It teaches a lot of tips which can improve my knowledgement and it lights a lamp over my ignorance.
Thank u teacher!!!You help me alot!!：）Greetings from China
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Thank you, Adam! Your lesson, as always, very useful, interesting and clear:)
Hi Adam thank you for your lessons. They help me a lot. I have a little problem to understand the words ” trouble, bother, worry, molest, bore, make the effort, pain in the neck ” Could you please make a video for these words? thank you in advance
Thank you!! I have a question. When we use at and in ?
I do not comprehend this lesson Adam.. :(
I enjoy watching your videos but how do you use at and in? :)
hi adan i like the way you teach all of you are a great teachers i`d like you to explain the difference between solve and resolve im not sure how to use it when i speak , thank you for your lessons
Thank you very much!
Thanks Adam. I have been following your videos for a while now. Your videos help me a lot. Great job!
Only my purpose or target or objective is proposition
Teacher try to teach me , us proposition,
Example…. Deal… A situation instantly, answer, with
What do you deal…… ,answer, In
Thank you Adam.
So bad,..I get 20 points. It’s the first time I get a really bad grade.
hi… first thank you for this resource… I have a question and an opinion… about “it looks like it’s going to rain” you said that is technically incorrect no matter if many native speakers use it… I mean, language is constantly changing which means the meaning and also the rules… for example… the word “idiot” in the Ancient Greek was related to selfishness… someone (a citizen) who never took part in politics… nowadays “idiot” is related to a lack of intelligence… my point is… if the language is a human construction and changes by the time… who place the rules? I hope among this “grammar suicide” you can get my point… I’m still learning ;)
This is an excellent point. There are two main approaches to thinking about language, prescriptivism and descriptivism.
Prescriptivism is the view that there are rules for language. Rules come from textbooks, dictionaries, tradition, etc. Language that follows the rules is correct, and language that breaks the rules is incorrect. It is a “top-down” perspective: the rules come first, and people’s language use is judged for how closely it follows the rules. Teachers, editors, and ordinary people with no language expertise tend to use a prescriptive approach.
Descriptivism is the view that language doesn’t really have rules. All we can do is describe how people are using language over time. It is a “bottom-up” perspective: the way people use language comes first, and our descriptions emerge from it. Linguists and dictionary writers are strongly descriptivist.
One typical example:
Person A: “Remember how I was worried that my rib was broken? Well, I finally went to the doctor.”
Person B: “What did
Prescriptivist: It should be “what did
he or shesay”. Using singular “they” is a very common mistake, according to this grammar book.
Descriptivist: Based on historical documents, people have been using singular “they” for hundreds of years. Nowadays, virtually all native English speakers would understand that
Here’s a blog post with some examples—but you can just Google “prescriptivism vs descriptivism” to find much more writing on it.
Wow, I just got 40. It didn’t happen to me in a long time :/
what’s exact meaning of “ I can’t accept this painting for your portfolio, Craig. I’m afraid it ________ too much ________ the last you handed in for evaluation.”especially“painting for your portfolio”.
thanks for your patient and kind!
Got 07/10. Highly useful lesson. Thanks, Adam.
It’s very confused, but I’ll try to study more.
Thank you Adam, that just the lesson ı needed. but unfortunately ı am still confuse how to use them, can you give more examples please? ı only got 3 out of 10 :(
It seem look, look like and look alike same meaning :(
My question is the following: “It looks as if she were to do something” and “It looks as if she were going to do something”; which one is correct? Which one is grammatically correct? I’m very confused about this.
Thank you teacher
Thank you Mr. Adam.
A million thanks for your outstanding lesson.It looks sort of difficult but by practice it becomes easy.It’s more informative,very clear, and so useful.I like the way you teach and your accent.I love your lesson as ever.I have been learning a lot through this site.It helps much more to many people through out the world.
7/10! Adam’s quiz is more difficult than Emma’s. I need learn hardly, and go over the note time to time.
It is very nice and useful that you justify the correct answer in each quiz. We can learn with our mistakes.
Thank you so much.
The last question which make me confused included noun clause the answer is look like .there will be needed comma after ‘the last’ or passive voice.
skype name ”muham34” add me to evaluate look word and other topics.
which answer do you think is correct here?
The sky’s very dark, it …………. there’s going to be a storm.
b) look as if
c) looks if
d) looks like
Your lessons are truly amaing! Simple, straighforward, and enjoyable:) Thank you!
However, here I have a question to ask about using “as if” with look: Do we have to use the past tense? “It loos as if it is going to rain/It looks as she has been crying” or it would be …is if it were going to rain/ as if she had been crying? Or are there any differences in meaning?
Tough one but useful.