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    #1

    Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    How are you?

    Is this sentence OK especially the use of "similar to" ?
    I am looking forward to your opinions.

    Similar to his predecessor, the agency’s newly appointed director, Tim Lee, has a master’s degree in economics from Wayne University.

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    #2

    Re: Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    Yes, you can use that. You might simplify it by using "Like his predecessor..."



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    Re: Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    I would use an appropriate adverb, such as "Similarly to ...", or change the wording.
    I find that I (and others) have answered this before:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...r-vs-similarly

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    #4

    Re: Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    Is it similar? Or is it exactly like?

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    Re: Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    I don't see how two degrees can be similar. Either they are the same or they aren't.

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    #6

    Re: Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    I agree - if they both have the same degree from the same university, it's "Like" not "similar to." If they have the same degree but from different universities, that would be similar.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 02-Jul-2014 at 05:07.
    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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    #7

    Re: Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    Even then, I wouldn't use "similar".

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    #8

    Re: Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    I would use like not similar to.

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    Re: Is 'similar to' fine in this sentence?

    One might say that something like biology was similar to biomedical engineering. But not as the original poster used "similar."

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