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    #1

    as to a prisoner

    Which are correct:

    1) He talked to me like a prisoner.

    2) He talked to me like to a prisoner.

    3) He talked to me as a prisoner.
    4) He talked to me as to a prisoner.

    I think '3' could mean: He talked to me in my function as a prisoner. (I really was a prisoner)
    It could also mean he was the prisoner.

    In '1' it is not clear whether he is talking to a prisoner or if he is talking to me as if I were a prisoner.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: as to a prisoner

    I think they are all ambiguous and could be better expressed.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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