English Grammar and Exercises for ESL learners.
LIKE - AS
LIKE - AS : When are they used?
Like is a preposition, used before a noun or pronoun, to say that two things are similar.
They behave or operate in the same way.
- In his job he works like a slave.
- The children swim like fish.
- The boy runs like a hare.
As, as a preposition, before a noun or pronoun, is used to refer to jobs or functions,
the role of a person or the use of something.
- My father worked as an accountant.
- Caroline was employed as a teacher.
- The author is respected as a writer.
- He used a saucer as an ashtray.
- I am your friend, and as your
friend I advise you to be careful.
= It is my role as a friend to warn you.
- I don't know you, but like your
friend, I advise you to be careful.
= I think the same way as your friend. I am like your friend in that respect.
- I am your friend, and as your friend I advise you to be careful.
LIKE and AS are also used as below:
verb meaning ‘enjoy’
||• Sam likes chocolate. / Children
• I like going to the beach. / She likes getting up early.
the ‘like’ (=similar types)
|• I enjoy
classical music but I prefer jazz, rock and
• You’re not going to associate with the likes of him!
|As an adjective meaning ‘similar’
||• They’re as like as two peas in a pod. (= as similar as)
• The two experts were of like mind. (= of similar mind)
• We responded in like manner. (=in a similar way)
|In spoken English, ‘like’ can be
used as a conjunction connecting
*NB: Considered incorrect in traditional grammar books, so avoid in academic writing.
|• He acted like
he owned the place. (= as if)
• Nobody can sing like you do. (= the same way as)
• Like I said, you’re welcome to join us for lunch. (=as I said)
|As an adverb
- ‘just like’
|• She was extremely polite,
• The ‘h’ in ‘heir’ is silent, as in ‘hour’
|As a conjunction
-connection two clauses
- meaning ‘while’
- meaning ‘although’
- meaning ‘the way in which’
- meaning ‘because’ or ‘since’*
(*use carefully to avoid any confusion)
very expensive, as you know.
• He won the election, as was expected.
• The phone rang as I was watching television. (=while)
• Tired as he was he still finished the race.(although)
• We left the room as it was. (the way in which)
• Julie may need help as she’s new to the job. (=because)