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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #116588: As if, like and as
As if, like and as
We use as if to make comparisons.
We use as if to talk about an imaginary situation that may not be true but that is likely or possible.
-It looks as if they've had a shock.
In informal English, like can be used in a similar way to as if, though it is not always considered correct in formal contexts.
-It felt like it could snow at any minute.
We use as with a noun to refer to the role or purpose of a person or thing.
-I worked as a waiter when I was a student. Most of us did.
NOT: I worked like a waiter......
We don't use as + noun to mean "similar to". We use like + noun.
-It's almost like a real beach, but it's actually artificial.
NOT: It's almost as a real beach .......
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