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Query: Use of Like [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 09:04
Amy takes care of the children in the same way as a mother does.

Is the above sentence wrong?
I always thought that the care of Amy is rightfully compared to a mother and is parallel.

Are there any exceptions?

Sorry if it's a basic question.
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Re: Query: Use of Like [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 14:00
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soumens wrote:
Amy takes care of the children in the same way as a mother does.

Is the above sentence wrong?
I always thought that the care of Amy is rightfully compared to a mother and is parallel.

Are there any exceptions?

Sorry if it's a basic question.



That's correct. You do not use "like" - it's only used when comparing nouns. Here, the comparison is for the action verb "takes care".

Amy takes care...the same way as a mother [takes care]

You still are comparing Amy and Mother, but the basis is on what they are doing - which is taking care of children.
You can replace the bracket by [does] in order to abbreviate and shorten - that's okay.
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Re: Query: Use of Like [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 10:56
gmatpill wrote:
soumens wrote:
Amy takes care of the children in the same way as a mother does.

Is the above sentence wrong?
I always thought that the care of Amy is rightfully compared to a mother and is parallel.

Are there any exceptions?

Sorry if it's a basic question.



That's correct. You do not use "like" - it's only used when comparing nouns. Here, the comparison is for the action verb "takes care".

Amy takes care...the same way as a mother [takes care]

You still are comparing Amy and Mother, but the basis is on what they are doing - which is taking care of children.
You can replace the bracket by [does] in order to abbreviate and shorten - that's okay.




Thanks for the reply.

So "like" cannot be used here because it can only compare nouns.

I will remember that..:)
Thanks again.
Re: Query: Use of Like   [#permalink] 20 Sep 2012, 10:56
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