Like and as

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Like is one of those verbs which are not usually used in progressive forms.

Like cannot normally be used without an object.

Like can be followed by object + verb forms.

Not like to can mean be unwilling to.

Would like

The conditional would like (+ infinitive) is common in requests and offers. It is used as a polite way of saying want.

Like and as

We can use like or as to say that things are similar.


We use like before a noun or pronoun. It is similar to a preposition.

We can use very, quite and other adverbs of degree to modify like.


As is a conjunction. It is used before a clause, and before an expression beginning with a preposition.

In informal English like is often used as a conjunction instead of as. This is common in American English.

  • Nobody loves her like I do.
  • Another use of as is to say what function or role a person or thing has - what jobs people do, what purposes things are used for, etc. In this case, as is used like a preposition, before a noun.

    Compare this use of as with like.

    See also

    Laid off vs. Fired
    Last and the last
    Lay and lie
    The least and the fewest
    Less and fewer
    Like and as

    See also

    Just, already and yet

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