Like, As – Words that cause confusion

Words that cause confusion


Like can be a proposition, meaning similar to or in the same way as

– Do you look like your sister?
Like John, I hate cooking.

We use the question What … like? when we are asking  for a description of a person, place or thing

What’s the restaurant like?
– Oh, really good.

Like can mean such as/for example

– Let’s buy him something nice like/such as a CD.

Feel like + object/-ing is used to talk about something that we want or want to do

– I feel like eating some crisps.

Seem/sound/look like + object is used to introduce an idea we may not be completely sure about

– It seems like a good idea.

Like is not used before an adjective on its own

– They seem happy. It feels cold.

Like, As - Words that cause confusion


As can be a proposition, coming before the name of a job or a role, or to describe the purpose of something

– She works as a sales manager.
As your father, I can’t allow you to do this.
– We use the loft as a play room for the kids.
– I think of her as my best friend.

As can be a conjunction, followed by subject + verb

– You should do as your parents say.
I’ll do as we agreed earlier.

Watch Out!

In colloquial English like is also used as a conjunction in this way, but this is regarded as incorrect by some people, and is not used in formal writing.

Like I said, he’s a really nice guy. (colloquial)
I want you to do like I tell you. (colloquial)

Like, As – Words that cause confusion publicat: 2023-02-27T13:27:33+02:00, actualizat: 2023-02-27T14:46:28+02:00 by