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    as or like

    i am really little bit confued about the use of as or like apart from using as to express actual being e.g he works as a farmer i would like to find out more differences

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    Re: as or like

    Some fussy grammarians think that there is a rule that says you should use as when comparing phrases. He looks prosperous and well-groomed, as a true gentleman always should. You should use like when comparing single words. That perfume smells like roses.

    There is, however, no such rule. English speakers use like for both types of comparisons, and rarely use as.


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    Re: as or like

    He works as a farmer = His job is being a farmer
    She works as a hairdresser = her job is doing people's hair


    He works like a farmer = he works in the way that a farmer works
    She works like a robot = she works in a way that looks mechanical.

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    Exclamation Re: as or like

    I am not a professional teacher. The two words 'As' and 'Like' can be used as Adverb/conjuction/ pronoun/preposition while the word 'Like' can be also used as verb and noun. So depending upon the usage the meaning changes. To understand both the words, one must practice the varous uses. Here examples of 'Like' being used as adjective is given:
    The girl is like her mother. (Adj)
    I have my likes and dislikes. (noun)

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    Re: as or like

    Quote Originally Posted by angel_catcher75 View Post
    i am really little bit confued about the use of as or like apart from using as to express actual being e.g he works as a farmer i would like to find out more differences
    Anglika's explanation is the most suitable in your case. If I were you I'd follow it.

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