"Between me and the life there is a mist of words always." (Oscar Wilde)

Like ... What's the Difference?

Much confusion arises between the proper use of  "like", "as", "such as".

 Tips:

Use like to make a comparison between two nouns.

Examples:

She looks like her mother.
Like Susan, Sally is also a blonde.
Like father, like son.


Use as or as if to connect words or clauses in a sentence. "As" and "as if" are conjunctions; their function is to connect words or phrases. "Like" is never a conjunction!
Hint: as and as if are used when the comparison involves action.

Examples:

Bobby ran as if his life depended on it.
He talks as if he is an expert.

Use such as as to mean "for example".

Examples:

He enjoyed music such as rock, hip-hop and rap.
The book is riddled with errors such as incorrect use of grammar and innumerable spelling mistakes.

WORD TIP ARCHIVE

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