Quick answer
"Look like" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "parecerse a", and "take after" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "salir a". Learn more about the difference between "look like" and "take after" below.
look like(
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layk
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to be in appearance)
a. ser físicamente
What does her sister look like? Is she blonde like her?¿Cómo es su hermana físicamente? ¿Es rubia como ella?
2. (to resemble)
a. parecerse a
Ana looks like her mom.Ana se parece a su mamá.
b. parecer
It looked like a horse from here.Desde aquí parecía un caballo.
3. (to seem likely)
a. parecer que
It looks like Leonard is coming with us.Parece que Leonard viene con nosotros.
b. parecer
Are we spending the night here? - It looks like it.¿Vamos a pasar aquí la noche? - Eso parece.
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take after
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to look like)
a. salir a
Patrick is a very sociable person. He takes after his father in that respect.Patrick es una persona muy sociable. En eso sale a su padre.
b. parecerse a
Fortunately, the girls all take after their mother in the looks department.Felizmente, las chicas se parecen a su madre en lo que a belleza se refiere.
2. (to pursue)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. salir corriendo detrás de
The dog saw some sheep in the field and took after them.El perro vio unas ovejas en el campo y salió corriendo detrás de ellas.
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