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What's "look like" mean? And when can it be used?

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Rebecca

"Looks like x" means "seems like x," which is used to express that one gets the impression that X is the case. Essentially, we are saying that something appears to be true. Although we do tend to use "looks like" more in response to things or situations we've actually witnessed, they can both be used in this context. Ex: Seems like we'll be ten minutes late. Ex: Looks like we'll be ten minutes late.

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