We generally use LIKE and AS to make comparisons.
Like means “same form, appearance, kind, character” and is followed by a noun or noun phrase. The verb is often static, such as be, seems, looks, acts.
- The structure of the sentence is usually: VERB + LIKE + NOUN / PRONOUN.
– He speaks like a native speaker.
– She looks like a supermodel.
- It is also used before a Gerund (NON-FINITE CLAUSE)
– Talking with him is like talking to myself.
As means “in the manner” and is usually followed by a clause (subj + verb).
- The structure of the sentence is usually: AS + SUBJECT + VERB.
– Nobody sings as she does.
– We behave as though we were two comedians.
– He acts more as a brother would (act).
- Another use of AS is to say what the role/function of a person/thing is.
– He started work as a carpenter.
– She used the tapestry as a decoration in her living room.
- It can also be used to compare 2 elements: AS + MODIFIER + AS
– He is as smart as a fox
LIKE instead of AS
- Similar meanings: It is common in American English to use LIKE instead of AS. However, it is generally considered informal to use it in this way.
– We play football like champions do.
- Different meanings: Be careful, in similar sentences that use LIKE and AS, the meanings of each sentence are very different.
– As your boss, I must warn you to be careful. (I am your boss.)
– Like your boss, I must warn you to be careful. (I am not your boss, but he/she and I have similar attitudes.)
What comparisons could you use to describe yourself?
- Do you look like a super model or speak English like a native speaker?
- Are you as smart as a fox, as tall as a giraffe or as wise as an owl?
p.s. This post was created by Sarah La Pietra… a very wise EASI trainer.