is looking or looks

Hi
 These are two examples from the book Grammar in Use. Why in the first sentence both continuous and simple are used but in the second only simple?
1. I hear you're having your house  repainted. How 's it looking? (or How does it look?)
2. I bought this new dress today. How does it look?

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Tara,

Your example (1) seems a little strange to me.  The first sentence in the example suggests that the painting is either currently in progress or scheduled for the near future.  "How's it looking?" suggests the "in progress" inference, whereas "How does it look?" seems to want to ask about the appearance prior to the painting.  In contrast,

1a: I hear you had (or "you've had") your house repainted.  How does it look?

implies that the paint job is done, and the question is about the final result.

In your example (2), I think only the simple present can work.  I can imagine a rewording along the lines of

2a: I'm thinking about buying this dress.  How do you think it will look on me?

In any case, please send pictures, so that I might provide a more informed answer to your question.

DocV

Tara,

I got a notification that you had responded to my post, but it doesn't show that you wrote anything, and when I look on the forum I don't see a follow-up post from you on the thread.  I truly hope that my post was not offensive to you in any way.

Respectfully,
DocV


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