I was asked to fill in the blank with a group verb.

The child ____ his father. (To resemble)

Would "looks like" be a correct group verb? If not, why ?

  • Does it consist of a verb and one or more further elements which together function as a single verb? Does your dictionary tell you that "look like" means "resemble"?
    – James K
    Aug 23, 2017 at 8:59

1 Answer 1


A group verb is either a phrase verb or a prepositional verb.

  • look like is a phrasal verb which means to be similar in appearance to someone or something (Merriam Webster - to have an appearance that is very similar to (someone or something) : to resemble (someone or something) You look just like your mother! That powdered sugar looks like snow.)

Another possible phrasal verb is "to take after" - To resemble in appearance, temperament, or character.

If they mean resemble in appearance then "look like" is more common but if they mean resemble in character or intentions then "take after" is more common.

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