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    #1

    like they were

    I am writing a short story, and I have a problem with the following sentence. I am not sure if my construction is correct. Is the phrase "like they were" correct? Would you please help me and correct my mistakes?

    I went to the toilet and saw that there was neither liquid soap nor toilet paper like they were the previous year.

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    #2

    Re: like they were

    There was neither soap nor toilet paper like there had been the previous year.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: like they were

    Goes Station,

    Would my sentence be correct if I rephrase it like this and delete "that"?

    I went to the toilet and saw there was neither liquid soap nor toilet paper like there had been the previous year

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    #4

    Re: like they were

    Yes -- if it ended with a period. Some people might prefer as rather than like.
    I am not a teacher.

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