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    WHERE CAN WE USE LIKE AND AS

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    Default Re: GRAMMAR

    Quote Originally Posted by svivekanandarajah
    WHERE CAN WE USE LIKE AND AS
    There are many uses for both words. For now, I will assume that you are asking about using "like" as a conjunction. Most grammarians will tell you that "like" should never be used as a conjunction. The conjunction for those types of comparisons should be "as" or "as if".

    Like can be a preposition. It therefore can take an object:

    That pear tastes like an apple.
    John looks like his father.

    However, like shouldn't take a clause.

    [incorrect] He plays golf like he was playing baseball.
    [correct] He plays golf as if he were playing baseball.

    [incorrect] Winston tastes good, like a ciagrette should.
    [correct] Winston tastes good, as a cigarette should.

    Does that answer your question?

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