I believe I understand your problem Humble: Like as a conjunction is sometimes used to replace as informally which traditional grammars consider as incorrect:
He gave his staff more resposibility like a good manager should do
This usage of like is gaining currency and might replace as completely because as sounds a bit more formal than like. The frequency of using like in any sense is higher.
Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 09-Dec-2006 at 08:27.
Oh, is it?
That means I wrongly ascribed the problem to AE-BE as vs like differences while there's just a divide in grammar conceptions, which is not to be debated on (in?) this thread.
OK, another example: Just after tea she drank a cup of coffee, like she always did.
I know, it should beas she always did. How common is this mistake in AE-BE?
The use of "like" as a conjunction is fairly common, even though it is considered incorrect by grammarians. It is very common with certain verbs and is acceptable in informal use.
USAGE NOTE Writers since Chaucer's time have used like as a conjunction, but 19th-century and 20th-century critics have been so vehement in their condemnations of this usage that a writer who uses the construction in formal style risks being accused of illiteracy or worse. Prudence requires The dogs howled as (not like) we expected them to.Like is more acceptably used as a conjunction in informal style with verbs such as feel, look, seem, sound, and taste, as in It looks like we are in for a rough winter. But here too as if is to be preferred in formal writing. There can be no objection to the use of like as a conjunction when the following verb is not expressed, as in He took to politics like a duck to water.