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    Question As and Like


    I don't understand when I have to use: "As or Like".

    Can someone help me?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: As and Like

    "As" is used in comparatives. The construction is always "as X as Y", like this:

    as tall as Peter
    as clever as Sue
    as happy as Larry
    as fit as a fiddle

    "Like" means "similar to":

    Pete is a little like Sue.
    My love is like a red, red rose.
    I have a car just like that one.
    Tommy Cooper did it just like that.

    "As" can also mean "playing the part of", as in the following:

    I am going as Dracula to the Halloween party.

    That means that, when I go to the Halloween party, I will have a black cape and plastic fangs.

    "Like" can sometimes mean "in the manner of":

    Bend it like Beckham.

    That means: Kick the ball in such a way that it curves, in just the same manner that Beckham does.

    There's probably more to it than that. Do you have a specific question?

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    Re: As and Like

    What about "bend it as Beckham does"?

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    Re: As and Like

    Quote Originally Posted by mehmetmamger View Post
    What about "bend it as Beckham does"?
    Yes, you could say that, and some people would applaud you for "correctness" - according to what they were taught at school. But a lot of people would think you were being either stuffy or foreign - depending on your accent


  5. #5

    Re: As and Like

    I have some doubt again!
    How I have to use: "like" or "", is OK.
    1) Susan works AS a teacher.
    2) It gets very hot in Africa in the summer, AS it does in Asia.

    In examples 1 and 2 "AS" is another way for compare two things.
    And now my question.
    When Can I use this new way of compare "what rule"?

    Thanks in advance.

  6. #6

    Re: As and Like

    The first one is not used for comparison actually. It is used to describe or refer to the purpose, quality, function or character of someone or something.

    The secons one is a comparision. It takes a sentence after itself in either a normal or an inverted form.


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