Like can be used

  • as verb,  to talk about tastes
  • as a preposition, with look and be to talk about appearance and ask for descriptions.

Verb: to like

  • The verb to like is used to talk about tastes, what we enjoy or prefer.
    • What sport does Peter like? He likes tennis.
    • What’s your favourite food? I like Italian food.

Look like is used to ask for and give an opinion about appearance.

    • What does Peter look like?
      He’s tall, with dark hair, and he wears glasses.

Be like is used to ask for and give a general description.

    • What is Julie like?
      She is reliable, pleasant and helpful. She is like a friend.

To sum up:

♦ We use like to talk about tastes and preferences.
♦ We use look like to describe physical appearance.
♦ We use be like to describe a person’s character.