I wonder if the sentence below is grammatically incorrect.

It doesn't look like she will show up for dinner.
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Yes, it's OK. In your sentence, Izzy, 'look like' means 'look as if.'

From the LDOCE, at 'look,' verb:

it looks as if/as though/like (=it seems likely that)
It looks as if it might rain later...
It looks like they won't be needing us any more.
Thanks a lot, Rachel.

I have thought it is fine. Yet I read a rule that says:

Rule: Don't follow like with a subject and verb because prepositions are followed only by nouns that act as the object of the preposition. Use as or as if or as though instead of like when a subject and verb follow.

Is the rule correct?
Of course we can't use a clause after like if it is a preposition as all others.

However, if like is a conjunction, a clause can come after.

Click this link for examples from the Cambridge Dictionary Online. http:

And one more example from Merriam- Webster:

2: in the same way that : AS (they raven down scenery like children do sweetmeats — John Keats)
3 a : in the way or manner that (the violin sounds like an old masterpiece should) (did it like you told me)

Hope this help, Izzy.
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