1. ## like vs as

Teachers in this country have generally been trained either to
approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should
force students to memorize rules and principles without truly
understanding how to apply them.

A
to approach mathematics like a creative activity or to force
students to memorize rules and principles

B
to approach mathematics as a creative activity or to force
students to memorize rules and principles

The above sentence is incorrect.. however, One between A and B fits the bill. It was given that B is the correct choice. I chose A.

Could someone please let me know the correct choice? and why? also please discuss the concepts of like vs as here:)

thanks!

PS: by the way, is 'fits the bill' a correct idiom?

2. ## Re: like vs as

Originally Posted by kiranlegend
Teachers in this country have generally been trained either to
approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should
force students to memorize rules and principles without truly
understanding how to apply them.

A
to approach mathematics like a creative activity or to force
students to memorize rules and principles

B
to approach mathematics as a creative activity or to force
students to memorize rules and principles

The above sentence is incorrect.. however, One between A and B fits the bill. It was given that B is the correct choice. I chose A.

Could someone please let me know the correct choice? and why? also please discuss the concepts of like vs as here:)

thanks!

PS: by the way, is 'fits the bill' a correct idiom?

B is the correct choice. "As" in this context is used to describe the purpose or quality of someone or something - in this case the purpose is mathematics as a creative activity.

I'm not sure what you mean by "One between A and B fits the bill" [use of the idiom is fine].

3. ## Re: like vs as

Originally Posted by Anglika
I'm not sure what you mean by "One between A and B fits the bill" [use of the idiom is fine].
I get that as:
Only one of them is the right choice.

I.

4. ## Re: like vs as

oh. I got it. Thanks! but, If one uses like instead of as, what does the sentence infers then?

5. ## Re: like vs as

I’m not a teacher.

Hi kirandlegend,

We use “like” when we compare things.

“Everyt\one is sick at home. Our house is like as hospital.”

We use “as” + noun to say what something really is or was (especially when we talk about someone’s job or how we use something).
Please, see again the perfect Anglika's explanation above.

Regards

V.

6. ## Re: like vs as

yeah got it!:) thanks:)

7. ## Re: like vs as

Just as a further illustration in case anyone is interested, I constantly have students who say things like:
"I work like an engineer."
As Vil said, like is used to compare two different things, which would mean that I am not actually an engineer, but that my work habits are somehow similar to an engineer's.
Therefore, it would be appropriate to say:
"I work like a slave."
This would mean your work habits are similar to a slave's.
When you want to label yourself with a job title (engineer, for instance), "as" is the appropriate word since you are saying that you are actually an engineer.
I know this question was answered but I figured this might be useful to some people. Although the previous answers were great, I figured I'd elaborate a little in case it was helpful to anyone.

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