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    Hello, I' m here again!!
    This time I need some help with the choice of like or as, used to make comparisons

    Is it correct to say:
    I feel like I'm flying or should I say I feel as I'm flying or I feel as I was flying or I feel as if I was flying???
    Which one is correct? I mean I have the feeling I am flying

    The Beatles say: free as a bird. Shouldn't they say free like a bird, since they are not really birds, but just free in the same way as a bird???
    Thanks. Ripley

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    1. I feel like I'm flying.
    => I feel as though ~ as if I am/were flying.

    2. Free as a bird :D
    => as free as a bird (comparative)

    Quote Originally Posted by Like versus As
    The word like is a preposition, not a conjunction. It can, therefore, be used to introduce a prepositional phrase ("My brother is tall like my father"), but it should not be used to introduce a clause ("My brother can't play the piano like he did before". To introduce a clause, it's a good idea to use as, as though, or as if, instead.

    EX: As I told you earlier, the lecture has been postponed.
    EX: It looks as if it's going to snow this afternoon.
    EX: Johnson kept looking out the window as though he had someone waiting for him.

    In formal, academic text, it's a good idea to reserve the use of like for situations in which similarities are being pointed out:

    EX: This community college is like a two-year liberal arts college.

    However, when you are listing things that have similarities, such as is probably more suitable:

    The college has several highly regarded neighbors, such as the Mark Twain House, St. Francis Hospital, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the UConn Law School.

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    All the best, :D

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    Thanks a lot Casiopea,
    moreover I presume that in sentences like "I feel like I'm flying" instead of "as I were flying" people may interpret that as "I'd like to fly" because of the verb "to feel like" Am I right?
    All the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Thanks a lot Casiopea,
    Moreover I presume that in a sentence such as, "I feel like I'm flying" (instead of "as I were flying") people may interpret that as "I'd like to fly" because of the verb "to feel like". Am I right?
    All the best
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    I feel like a hamburger. :D (I feel like eating a hamburger)
    I feel like a hamburger.

    All the best,

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    I feel like a man, today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I feel like a man, today!

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    Where would you underline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I feel like a man, today!

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    Where would you underline?
    And the gold medal of replies goes to tdol!



    :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I feel like a man, today!

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    Where would you underline?
    I don't get it. Please explain, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    1. I feel like I'm flying.
    => I feel as though ~ as if I am/were flying.

    2. Free as a bird :D
    => as free as a bird (comparative)

    Quote Originally Posted by Like versus As
    The word like is a preposition, not a conjunction. It can, therefore, be used to introduce a prepositional phrase ("My brother is tall like my father"), but it should not be used to introduce a clause ("My brother can't play the piano like he did before". To introduce a clause, it's a good idea to use as, as though, or as if, instead.

    EX: As I told you earlier, the lecture has been postponed.
    EX: It looks as if it's going to snow this afternoon.
    EX: Johnson kept looking out the window as though he had someone waiting for him.

    In formal, academic text, it's a good idea to reserve the use of like for situations in which similarities are being pointed out:

    EX: This community college is like a two-year liberal arts college.

    However, when you are listing things that have similarities, such as is probably more suitable:

    The college has several highly regarded neighbors, such as the Mark Twain House, St. Francis Hospital, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the UConn Law School.

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    All the best, :D
    Dear Teacher

    What does 'The college has several highly regarded neighbors' mean ?

    Thank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I feel like a man, today!

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    Where would you underline?
    And the gold medal of replies goes to tdol!



    :D :D
    Come on, this is my joke!
    You still don't know me after all these months?

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