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  1. Newbie
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    Question When To Use As Or Like

    Please I would like to know when I can use "as" or "like" because I really have a lot of problems trying to understand the difference and I actually do not get it, so please help me out but itīs useless to take a quiz if I do not know the explanation. thanks a lot


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    Re: When To Use As Or Like

    Strictly speaking, you should respect the following distinctions:

    Like is a preposition. It is followed by a noun, a pronoun or a gerund, for example
    You look like your sister/ She looks like you/ Having a dog is a bit like having a small child

    As is a conjunction. It is followed by a clause with a subject and verb, for example
    We've adopted a dog, as I told you.

    As is also used before prepositional expressions, for example:
    In South Africa, they drive on the left-hand side of the road, as in Europe.

    However, more and more, people are using like instead of as, for example
    We've adopted a dog, like I told you
    ...they drive on the left-hand side of the road, like in Europe.

    But this is still considered incorrect in formal English.

  2. Offroad's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: When To Use As Or Like

    [Not a teacher]

    Get it from examples:

    1) Bill works like an engineer. <-- Bill is not an engineer, he just works like one.
    2) John works as a doctor. <-- John is a doctor.

    Of course, there are lots of different cases. You could get it from reading/listening. Then you will be able to talk/write it instantaneously, without thinking.
    Last edited by Offroad; 19-Mar-2008 at 15:47.

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