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  1. Anonymous
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    the difference of like and alike

    could you tell me about usage of like and alike?

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    'Alike' is used as an adjective:
    They look alike.

    'Like' is used as a preposition:
    He's looks like his brother.

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    If two things are alike that means they are identical. If two things are like each other that means they are similar but not identical. The two words are not used interchangeably.

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    'Like' can be used as a noun, but 'alike' isn't.

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    Question Re: the difference of like and alike

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    If two things are alike that means they are identical. If two things are like each other that means they are similar but not identical. The two words are not used interchangeably.
    CALD says that alike means similar, which does not agree with RonBee's definition. What is, then, the difference between similar and alike?

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    Unhappy Re: the difference of like and alike

    Yet Encarta gives two definitions of alike:
    1. "similar in appearance or character,"
    2. "the same."

    (Is there anything worse than two different meanings of one word/phrase? )

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    Re: the difference of like and alike

    Yep- 'set' has over a hundred meanings.

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    Cool Re: the difference of like and alike

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Yep- 'set' has over a hundred meanings.
    Which post did you answer here, tdol ?

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    Re: the difference of like and alike

    This:
    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus

    (Is there anything worse than two different meanings of one word/phrase? )

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    Question Re: the difference of like and alike

    Oh yes, oooops, sorry! Too many questions is not good for the asker!
    And what about alike versus similar?

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    Nyggus

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