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    like, as

    How to use them properly?

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    Re: like, as

    Welcome, Rolin.

    [1] like is a preposition. It takes a noun as its object,
    ex: They swim like fish.

    [2] as is a conjunction. It joins two clauses,
    ex: Do as I say, not as I do.

    Hint: When in doubt, look for a pair. If you find a subject-verb pair, use "as"; if you don't find a subject-verb pair, use "like":

    ex: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
    ex: When in Rome, do like the Romans do.

    Note that, in American English, it is common to use like instead of as in this way, but it's not normally thought to be correct in formal English.

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    Re: like, as

    "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
    "Do as I say, not as I do."
    Can they be written like this?
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    "Do what I say, not what I do."
    `
    "When in Rome, do what the Romans do."
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    Are these possible?
    `
    "When in Rome, do like what the Romans do."
    "When in Rome, do like that the Romans do."
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    "They came like what we expected."
    "They came like that we expected."
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    "Stop acting like that you're sick."
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    "No one sang the song like how she did."
    Last edited by dihen; 20-Jun-2006 at 05:58.

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    Re: like, as

    "Do what I say, not what I do."

    "When in Rome, do what the Romans do."
    "When in Rome, do like what the Romans do." <marginal; colloquial>
    "When in Rome, do like that the Romans do."

    "They came like what we expected." <marginal; colloquial (just like what)>
    "They came like that we expected."
    "Stop acting like that. You're sick."

    "No one sang the song like how she did." <marginal; colloquial>

    Please note, dihen, quotations marks ("...") aren't necessary.

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    Re: like, as

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    ..."Stop acting like that. You're sick." :tick:
    Seems that you misinterpreted the 'that'. The 'that' is the conjunction 'that'.
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    I'll use a different sentence:
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    "You're acting [like [that [you're hungry]]]." ('that' is a conjuction)

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    Re: like, as

    Do you mean, stop acting like that/as if you are sick? If so, it's non-standard English. Is it acceptable? I'm not sure, actually, but it's probably idiomatic - maybe even colloquial somewhere. Do I understand what it means, yes, but I had to read it a couple of times to figure it out.

    Pleasant reminder
    We seem to be steering into that-waters. You may want to start a new thread. Wouldn't want to confuse the poster.

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