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    Like vs. as

    I'm trying to understand the difference beteeen "like" and "as". Sometimes I find it a little hard to realize when to use each of them correctly.
    Is the following sentence correct or should I use "like" instead of "as"?

    "People as you and me are hard to find."

    Thank you!

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    Re: Like vs. as

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    I'm trying to understand the difference beteeen "like" and "as". Sometimes I find it a little hard to realize when to use each of them correctly.
    Is the following sentence correct or should I use "like" instead of "as"?

    "People as you and me are hard to find."

    Thank you!
    When used as words connecting phrases and clauses to a sentence, the main difference is that "as" can be either a preposition or a conjunction, while "like" is acceptable as a preposition, but its use as a conjunction is considered by many to be a usage problem.

    In your sentence "like" would be fine because it would be a preposition there.
    If you use "as" in your sentence, "such as" would be better.

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    Re: Like vs. as

    If you are feeling that Mike's response is a little wishy-washy, I agree. However, I can't give a better one!

    The 'like/as' problem has given employment to many writers of style guides for many years. Descriptive grammarians tend to be a little vague on this. I would suggest that there are probably more important problems in English grammar to worry about than this one.

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    Re: Like vs. as

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    [...]I would suggest that there are probably more important problems in English grammar to worry about than this one.
    Unless you have a student who persists in writing sentences as [sic] this one and the original.

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