As and Like


LIKE = similar to, the same as. You cannot use as in this way

  • You have a huge house! It’s like a palace (not as a place)
  • You love romantic films, like me (not as me)
  • I love eating in the garden. It’s like being on holiday. (not as being)
  • It’s raining again! I hate weather like this (not as this)

In these sentences, like is a preposition, so it is followed by a noun ( like a palace), a pronoun (like me/this) or -ing ( like being)

Sometimes we can use like = for example

  • Some people, like my dentist, run half marathons once a week.

Note: We can also use such as = for example

  • Some people, such as my dentist, run half marathons once a week

AS = in the same way as, or in the same condition as. We use as before the subject + verb

  • As I said at the meeting last week, I think we should revise our sales forecasts.
  • If you had done as I said, we wouldn’t be in this situation.

Note: we can use Like in the above examples in informal spoken English, NOT written English.

  • Like I said at the meeting last week, I think we should revise our sales forecasts.

Compare as and like in these sentences:

  • You should have done it as I showed you (or like I showed you – spoken)
  • You should have done it like this. (not as this)

As can also be a preposition, but the meaning is different to like. Let’s take a look:

  • As an English Language Trainer, I have many lessons to prepare. (As a trainer =in my position as a trainer)
  • Like my teaching colleagues, I have many lessons to prepare. ( Like my teaching colleagues = the same as my colleagues)

As (preposition) = in the position of, in the form of

  • A few years ago I worked as a financial adviser.
  • We haven’t got a separate office, so we use the fourth bedroom as an office.
  • London is wonderful as a city to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

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