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Differences between Like and As


LIKE or  AS

  Like :

We use it when the second term of the comparison is a noun, a gerund or a pronoun.

 Dave looks like his father.  -  Don't act like me !

 Tolearnenglish is like having your own private tutor.

 

 Like can be modified with  adverbs , such as :

 just, more, very much, not at all... :

Just like you, Jane wanted to be a doctor.

 

 AS :

We use it when the second term of the comparison is a verb, a clause or a preposition.

 Don't do as I do !

 It started raining, as I said it would.

Prices are very high, as in the 1990s. (as they were)

 As can be used before a noun:

She works as a nurse.

 

  Be careful :

 She speaks like a teacher ...she is not a teacher.

 She speaks as a teacher ...she is a teacher.

 

  In addition :

We can use like (or such as)  when giving examples:

 He prefers classical composers, like Chopin.

She prefers French actors, such as Delon.

 

   Some other constructions :

 We use

like + noun or pronoun

as if/ as though + clauses

with some verbs: feel,look,sound,smell,seem,treat

It looks like rain / It feels like rain.

It looks as if it's going to rain.

It feels as if it were going to rain.

It looks as though it were going to rain.

It feels as though it were going to rain.

 

    Attention:

In spoken English we can have the structure  like + clause with the verbs feel, look etc ....

It looks like it's going to rain.

 

Exercise: Complete the sentences with the right word.

 

 





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1. After university I had a job a waiter for 2 months.
2. She is a real pain! I can't imagine her a nurse.
3. He behaved a fool and we got lost in the forest.
4. I woke up early, I knew I would.
5. Why do you talk to me I were a child?
6. There was heavy snow in the previous year according to my friends.
7. She is eighty but she behaves she were much younger than she is.
8. What are you cooking? it smells Indian food.
9. You look terrible! You look you have seen a ghost.
10. He lost his keys yesterday but I expected he found them one hour later.








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