Question: Is there a distinction between 怎样 (zěnyàng) and 怎么样 (zěnmeyàng)?
At first, 怎样 seems like a shortened version of 怎么样. However, let's look at some Jukuu.com examples for 怎样:
Do you know how to deal with this problem?
(Nǐ zhīdào zěnyàng chǔlǐ zhège wèntí ma?)
How did you celebrate May Day this year?
(Nǐmen jīnnián shì zěnyàng qìngzhù wǔyī jié de?)
And for 怎么样：
How are you doing these days?
(Zhèxiē rìzi nǐ zěnme yàng?)
How is he coming on with his study of French?
(Tā fǎyǔ xué dé zěnme yàngle?)
It seems the usage is different between the two. I asked a Chinese friend about it and he indicated they're mostly similar, but there's a difference in usage. I didn't fully understand though.
(PS. This is not a duplicate of What is the difference between 怎么 and 怎么样 ？ because that question asks about 怎么, not 怎样.)