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    #1

    like a child/as a child

    Is there a difference between:
    1-He talked to me like a child.
    and:
    2-He talked to me as a child.

    Is there a difference between:
    3-He treated me like a child.
    and:
    4-He treated me as a child.

    I think the ones with 'as' imply that I really was a child and he treated me/talked to me as such (in my capacity as a child, so to speak).

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    Re: like a child/as a child

    I am not a teacher.

    I find 1. ambiguous. Did he talk to you as if you were a child or as if he was?

    In 2. it could be that he talked to you when you were a child.

    Although the same comments could be made about 3. and 4. the meaning seems clearer.

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    Re: like a child/as a child

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I find 1. ambiguous. Did he talk to you as if you were a child or as if he was?
    If the speaker was like a child, should it be 'He talked to me, who was like a child'?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: like a child/as a child

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If the speaker was like a child, should it be 'He talked to me, who was like a child'?

    Not a teacher.
    No, but "He talked to me as if I were a child" is possible.

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    Re: like a child/as a child

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If the speaker was like a child, should it be 'He talked to me, who was like a child'?
    NOT A TEACHER
    Doesn't your sentence imply that the listener, or 'me', was childish by nature?
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: like a child/as a child

    I actually meant so, sorry for changing the original sentence's meaning.

    Not a teacher.

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