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    #1

    Red face to\for, as\like

    1.To relax from time to time is important____ A to us B. for us
    2.Mobile phones can take pictures ___a camera. A like B as

    The answers are A, why?

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    #2

    Re: to\for, as\like

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post
    1.To relax from time to time is important____ A to us B. for us
    2.Mobile phones can take pictures ___a camera. A like B as

    The answers are A, why?
    (1) Because when you mean that you care a lot about something or that doing something matters a lot to you (here, to relax from time to time), you have to say that it is important TO you.
    You could also say, "It is important for me to relax from time to time". ("for"-structures with preparatory "it")
    (2) both are correct. However, grammars say that "like" is a preposition while "as" is a conjunction (as + clause or preposition phrase). So, you should say, "Mobile phones can take pictures like a camera" (like + noun or pronoun).
    In informal English (maybe mostly American English), "like" is often used as a conjunction instead of "as": "Nobody knows her like I do / like me / as I do."
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