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    as/like

    Can anybody explain the difference between as/like to me? For example: That's just as/like he told me.

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    Re: as/like

    Hi Sunshine

    Ex: That's just like [what] he told me.
    Ex: I did just as he said. <formal>
    Ex: I did just like he said. <informal>

    Use 'like' before nouns, 'as' elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
    Can anybody explain the difference between as/like to me? For example: That's just as/like he told me.
    You normally use as in sentences like the one above; like is used colloquially in such a pattern.
    As means done or happening in the same or a similar way.

    I did as/like you wanted me to.
    As/Like I said, you were wrong about him
    .

    However, you are supposed to use like (not as) if you're talking about something/somebody being the same as or similar to something/somebody else:
    She speaks a little Portuguese, just like me.
    or
    She speaks a little Portuguese, just as I do.

    I got a letter from a stranger, just like yours.

    or
    I got a letter from a stranger, just as you did.

    She was singing like a bird.

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    Re: as/like

    after "as " there's always a clause while after "like " there's always a noun or pronoun

    eg:She speaks a little Portuguese, just as I do.
    She was singing like a bird.

    moreover, "as" can be used to talk about the job
    he worked as a reporter in the world war II

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady G View Post
    moreover, "as" can be used to talk about the job
    He worked as a reporter in the World War II.


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    Thanks to you all. You were great help!

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