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    "like" as a conjunction?

    "They look like they have been having fun." or "I feel like I can do anything"

    I think it's an adverbial clause. But it also looks like a direct object sometime, "I feel like I can do anything", do you see what I mean?

    What type of clause is this? an adverb or noun clause?

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    Re: "like" as a conjunction?

    Purists will say that, as a connector, "like" is not a conjunction, it is a preposition. But its use as a preposition is very common. But that makes it difficult to classify the speech parts. If "like" is a conjunction (as it is being used) then the following words would be a noun clause.

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    Re: "like" as a conjunction?

    I take my word back because I forgot that "look" can be a linking verb too. Based on your info, if "like" acts as a nominal clause subordinator, then the whole clause is a subject complement.

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    Re: "like" as a conjunction?

    Setting aside, for the moment, the issue of correctness, since, except in a few fixed expressions such as 'look the part', 'look' and 'feel' (as copulas) are normally complemented only by adjectives (look/feel happy/angry, etc.), if anything, we would have to reckon this clause a special kind of adjectival clause!

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