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Like Versus As

  1. 1. LIKE VERSUS AS I work as a teacher, like you.
  2. 2. Like is a preposition , so it is followed by nouns, pronouns or ing. It means similar to, the same as of for example.
  3. 3. The same as. <ul><li>What do you do? I’m a teacher, like you . (pronoun) </li></ul>
  4. 4. For example. <ul><li>Why are you always speaking about boring things like mathematics? (noun) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Similar to. <ul><li>Be careful! The floor has been polished. It’s like walking on ice. (ing) </li></ul>
  6. 6. AS is used before a subject + verb. <ul><li>You should do it like this. </li></ul><ul><li>You should do it as I’m showing you. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t move anything. Leave everthing as it is. </li></ul>
  7. 7. AS (other meanings) <ul><li>Some sports, SUCH AS motor-racing, can be dangerous. (for example) </li></ul><ul><li>You are late AS USUAL. </li></ul><ul><li>They did AS they promised. (they did what they promised) </li></ul><ul><li>Ann failed her driving test, AS WE EXPECTED. </li></ul><ul><li>AS YOU KNOW, tomorrow it’s her birthday. </li></ul><ul><li>AS I SAID, this car is very expensive. </li></ul>
  8. 8. AS can be also a preposition, and so can be followed by nouns, but the meaning is different from LIKE. <ul><li>We use LIKE to compare things: </li></ul><ul><li>She looks beautiful; like a princess. (she is beautiful, but she is not a princess) </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is ill at home. Our house is like a hospital. (the house isn’t really a hospital) </li></ul><ul><li>We use AS to say what somethign really is or was: (especially to talk about jobs or how we use something) </li></ul><ul><li>A few years ago I worked as a driver. (I really was a driver) </li></ul><ul><li>During the war this hotel was used as a hospital. (it was really a hospital) </li></ul><ul><li>The news of her death came as a great schock. (it really was a schock) </li></ul>

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