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    English grammar. Why don't you study like I do?

    can you help me with the following sentence.
    which is the correct usage?

    Why don't you study like I do?
    Why don't you study like me?
    Why don't you study like I?

    can you tell me which of the above is correct usage and also let me know the reason.
    Last edited by star01; 26-Feb-2015 at 16:12.

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    #2

    Re: English grammar.

    I wouldn't use the third.

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    #3

    Re: English grammar.

    star, please note that a better title would have been Why don't you study like I do?

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #4

    Re: English grammar.

    NOT A TEACHER BUT

    1 or 2, depending on who it's directed to. If it's towards a friend/ close family member I'd go ahead with 2.
    Only go with 1 if it's formal.
    Don't go with 3.

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    #5

    Re: English grammar.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    If you mean that you study but that James seldom studies, then the "rules" require:

    "James, why don't you study as [in the way in which] I do? Then you will get better grades [marks]."

    It is true, however, that many (most?) Americans in 2015 now use "like" as a conjunction. I seldom hear "as" in TV commercials, and I hear presumably well-educated people on TV talk shows also using "like" in this way. I suspect that some educated people know that "as" is the conjunction, but they do not want to sound too educated!

    I agree with the other posters: Do NOT use #3. Even in 2015, almost no one speaks like that -- except for a few people who think that "I" is a more elegant word than "me." So they will often say something like: "This secret is just between you and I" (instead of the correct "me").


    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 26-Feb-2015 at 15:18. Reason: punctuation

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