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    Behaved like

    I am wondering if the comparisons "like" and "as" are interchangeable in my sentences, or do they change the meaning of the sentence.

    1. All his life, Peter behaved like a gentleman.

    2. All his life, Peter behaved as a gentleman.

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    Re: Behaved like

    No significant difference.

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    Re: Behaved like

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    "I would simply have trusted you to behave as a gentleman should." "Perhaps," said Jordan, still smarting from Darcy's insult. "Andrew is more apt to behave like a gentleman than you, Sheldon."

    -- Jean Sutherland, Ties That Bind (1986). Accessed through Google "books."

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    1. "He spoke like a lawyer." [He was NOT a lawyer, but his speech was similar to a lawyer's.]
    2. "He spoke as a lawyer." [He WAS a lawyer. So he was giving the kind of legal advice that lawyers give.]

    Authority: Quirk and Greenbaum, A Concise Grammar of Contemporary English (1973).

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    ONLY some thoughts of mine.

    1. It might be a good idea to use "All his life, Peter behaved/ acted like a gentleman" in most situations.

    2. It might be a good idea to use "as" only if a verb follows the word "gentleman."

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