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    She looked at him

    Hi!
    Here is a sentence:
    She looked at him as if he was a nobody.

    Can I also say this phrase as follows:
    She looked at him like a nobody.
    She saw him as a nobody.

    Thank you!

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    Re: She looked at him

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Perfilov View Post
    Hi!
    Here is a sentence:
    She looked at him as if he was a nobody.

    Can I also say this phrase as follows:
    She looked at him like a nobody. This is wrong. Even if it was common to say (which it isn't), it would be ambiguous.
    She saw him as a nobody.

    Thank you!
    No, those remaining two sentences do not mean the same thing, so you can't use one in place of the other.
    Would you like to guess what they mean?

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    Re: She looked at him

    The point is that these two sentences were suggested as an alternative to the first one.
    Then, could you explain to me the meaning of the "She saw him as a nobody." ?

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    Re: She looked at him

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Perfilov View Post
    The point is that these two sentences were suggested as an alternative to the first one.
    Then, could you explain to me the meaning of the "She saw him as a nobody." ?
    Raymott asked you to guess the meaning.

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    Re: She looked at him

    I think the meaning of this phrase is:
    6) If you see someone or something as a certain thing, you have the opinion that they are that thing.

    'If so, the 'She saw him as a nobody' means the same as 'She looked at him as if he was a nobody'.
    Am I wrong?
    Last edited by Alex Perfilov; 26-Jan-2013 at 20:32.

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    Re: She looked at him

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Perfilov View Post
    I think the meaning of this phrase is:
    6) If you see someone or something as a certain thing, you have the opinion that they are that thing.

    'If so, the 'She saw him as a nobody' means the same as 'She looked at him as if he was a nobody'.
    Am I wrong?
    "She saw him as a nobody" means that her opinion of him was that he was a nobody. "She looked at him as if he was/were a nobody" means that at some point, she regarded him with a look on her face that suggested that she thought he was a nobody.

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    Re: She looked at him

    Thank you!

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    #8

    Re: She looked at him

    One more question, please:
    Now he just wished for her to look at him like anyone.
    She looks at him like no one.
    These two phrases are at the end of this page

    Does that mean that she looks at him as if she were anyone/no one ?
    (And are these phrases grammatically correct?)
    Can the sentence from my first post (She looked at him like a nobody) mean the same as these two do?

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    #9

    Re: She looked at him

    Those two sentences sound very strange to me.

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