could you tell me about usage of like and alike?
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.
'Like' can be used as a noun, but 'alike' isn't.
CALD says that alike means similar, which does not agree with RonBee's definition. What is, then, the difference between similar and alike?Originally Posted by RonBee
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? )
Yep- 'set' has over a hundred meanings.
Which post did you answer here, tdol ?Originally Posted by tdol
Originally Posted by nyggus
Oh yes, oooops, sorry! Too many questions is not good for the asker!
And what about alike versus similar?