Like/ as

Like/ as


Like is a preposition that means possessing the features of / closely resembling/ similar to/ in a typical manner/ in the same way as / inclined to do etc

E.g.

The Kumars are living like royalty with a palatial bungalow and an army of servants to care for them.

Or, After the severe reprimand from the Principal, I felt like never going back to school.

As is used to indicate possessing the same or almost the same qualities / existence of probability.

E.g. With the monsoon failing in 2014, it looks like a bad year for farmers.

Or, This band plays just as the band we heard yesterday.

Test your understanding - Choose the correct sentence from the pair of sentences given below

1.
a. She had a habit of saving things like old recipes, bags and baby clothes.
b. She had a habit of saving things as old recipes, bags and baby clothes.

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2.
a. As I am your team leader, I must warn you to work harder or there might be problems.
b. Like I am your team leader, I must warn you to work harder or there might be problems.

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ANSWER: a. As I am your team leader, I must warn you to work harder or there might be problems.



3.
a. Toby has begun working like a junior doctor in the government hospital.
b. Toby has begun working as a junior doctor in the government hospital.

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ANSWER: b. Toby has begun working as a junior doctor in the government hospital.



4.

a. The eight year old twins were as alike as peas in a pod.
b. The eight year old twins were like as peas in a pod.

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ANSWER: a. The eight year old twins were as alike as peas in a pod.



5.
a. She finished her painting and used it like a decoration in her new B&B.
b. She finished her painting and used it as a decoration in her new B&B.

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ANSWER: b. She finished her painting and used it as a decoration in her new B&B.


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