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    The usage of "like"

    1) "They cannot speak English well like us."
    2) "She is not smart like you."

    1) means they cannot but we can speak English well.
    2) means she is not smart but you are smart.
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    3) "They cannot speak English well, like us."
    4) "She is not smart, like you."
    =
    3.1) "Like us, they cannot speak English well."
    4.1) "Like you, she is not smart."

    3) and 3.1) mean we cannot speak English either.
    4) and 4.1) mean you are not smart either.

    Do you agree that the comma and the location of "like" make meanings different? Thank you so much as usual for your time and help.




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    Re: The usage of "like"

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post

    1) "They cannot speak English well like us."

    2) "She is not smart like you."

    1) means they cannot but we can speak English well.
    2) means she is not smart but you are smart.
    -----------------------------------------------------

    3) "They cannot speak English well, like us."
    4) "She is not smart, like you."
    =
    3.1) "Like us, they cannot speak English well."
    4.1) "Like you, she is not smart."

    3) and 3.1) mean we cannot speak English either.
    4) and 4.1) mean you are not smart either.

    Do you agree that the comma and the location of "like" make meanings different? Thank you so much as usual for your time and help.



    Yes, that is correct usage of the word.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: The usage of "like"

    Yes, adding the comma makes the meanings completely different.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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