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1 How was the weather yesterday?
2 What was the weather like yesterday?

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3 How was the bride?
4 what was the bride like?

Are the two pairs of sentences correct? Is there any difference in meaning?

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Both pairs are grammatically correct, but there can be, sometimes, a huge difference in meaning.

Generally:

How was the bride?
Question about the bride's condition, as in, her welfare. Possible answer would be: The bride was so excited with her big day that she cried throughout the whole ceremony.

What was the bride like?
Question about the bride's description. Possible answer would be: The bride was very beautiful. She was wearing a long white dress, and dyed her hair in a red shade.

For the bride questions, the difference is clear. For the weather example, however, both phrases actually mean the same: if the weather was good or bad on that day.

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    There can be a [sometimes, huge] difference in meaning, not is. Jul 31, 2019 at 14:55
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    Nice! I changed the text while I wrote, and that part went unnoticed. Thanks! Jul 31, 2019 at 15:02
  • I do not know why a question of this kind is down voted when the answer is upvoted three times includingme? Jul 31, 2019 at 16:32

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