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Language Refresher 79: As or Like

Cambridge Dictionary gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use “as” and “like” 

 

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As and like are prepositions or conjunctions. The prepositions as and like have different meanings. As + noun means ‘in the role of’, like + noun means ‘similar to’ or ‘in the same way as’.

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Source: Cambridge Dictionary

 

(a.) We use like (but not as) to compare two things:

Ex. She’s got a headache like me.

When we compare appearance or behavior, we use like, not as:

Ex. That house looks like a castle.

(b.) As is commonly used to talk about jobs:

Ex. He worked for a long time as a teacher in Africa.

The conjunctions as and like have the same meaning when used in comparisons. Like is a little more informal.

 


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