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    My eldest cousin has red hair just like I do.

    I know how to diagram most of the above sentence except for "just like I do". I know "just" is an adverb, is it modifying "has"? What is "like I do"? Is "like" a preposition"? If it is, wouldn't it be "like me"? Is "do" being used for emphasis?

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    Re: My eldest cousin has red hair just like I do.

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    Hello, Katherine:

    Let's discuss "just" later.


    1. She has red hair like/as I do.

    a. In that sentence, "as" is the preferred conjunction.
    b. "Like," however, is widely used by native speakers as a conjunction.
    c. It is your call as to which word you wish to use. (I shall keep my choice to myself.)
    d. As you know, after a conjunction, you need a sentence, such as "I do."
    e. As you also know, "I do" is a shorter way to say "I have red hair."


    2. "She has red hair like me."

    a. In this sentence, we are dealing with "like" as a preposition.
    b. As you know, a noun or pronoun comes after a preposition.


    THUS, you have three fine choices:

    "She has red hair as I do."
    "She has red hair like I do."
    "She has red hair like me."

    ("She has red hair like/as I have red hair" would NOT sound natural.)


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    3. "He came just as I was leaving."

    a. House and Harman in their Descriptive English Grammar (1931 and 1950) say that "just" modifies "as."

    4. ""You always want something just when I am leaving."

    a. Pence and Emery in A Grammar of Present-Day English (1947 and 1963) say that "just" modifies the whole clause of "when I am leaving."

    What does "just" modify in your sentence? I will keep my opinion to myself.



    Have a nice day!

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