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    #1

    like usage

    1-The new roller moves on this surface without leaving a trace like the old roller.

    Can't this sentence mean a few things:
    a-The new roller does not leave a trace but the old one did.
    b-The new roller leaves a trace but not in the same way the old one did.
    c-The new roller moves like the old roller on this surface. Neither leave traces.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: like usage

    A yes
    B no
    C yes IF you had a comma before "like"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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