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    #1

    like you

    1) I don't play football like you.
    2) I don't play football as you do.
    3) I don't play football, as you do.

    Can't these have two meanings:
    a) I don't play football in the same way you do.
    b) Unlike you, I don't play football.

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    #2

    Re: like you

    The first two have the same meaning as a). The third one has the same meaning as b).

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    #3

    Re: like you

    In speech, it might be hard to tell whether the first meant a) or b).

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    #4

    Re: like you

    If I just don't play the game I won't add "like you". Aren't most people the same way?

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    #5

    Re: like you

    I might put like you at the start, but I wouldn't say I'd drop it completely.

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    #6

    Re: like you

    Thank you both very much,

    How about this one:

    4) I don't play football, like you.

    Does that mean:
    a) You don't play football and neither do I.
    or:
    b) Unlike you, I don't play football.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #7

    Re: like you

    That one is pretty unnatural. As Tdol suggested, you could say:

    Like you, I don't play football.

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    #8

    Re: like you

    However natural, I would take it to mean 4a).

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    #9

    Re: like you

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you both very much,

    How about this one:

    4) I don't play football, like you.

    Does that mean:
    a) You don't play football and neither do I.
    or:
    b) Unlike you, I don't play football.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    To me, it means the person has framed the statement poorly.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: like you

    I agree. These differences are so subtle that your meaning might be mistaken.

    I know you play football, but I don't.
    Like you, I don't play football.
    Unlike you, I don't play football.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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