She looked every bit a princess.

Doesn't this sentence need the preposition like, as in "She looked every bit like a princess."?

  • In a word, no. Related: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/9917. If you ignore all the hullabaloo about which article should be used (Rule #1: Never overthink an article; Rule #2: Never overthink the article), you'll find your structure here mirrors some of the examples there. The phrase something of a (or every bit a) can be used to mean much like a. So, "She looked every bit a princess" is essentially the same as, "She looked like a princess in every way."
    – J.R.
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 8:16

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When we are using look as appear, the comparative preposition like may or may not be used. The following sentence is from Oxford dictionary.

You made me look a complete fool!

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