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# Usage of Like

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23 Apr 2013, 08:58
Which of the following is correct?

a) Reason as an Expert does
b) Reason like an Expert
c) Reason like an Expert Does

Reason is an action. I think Reason as an expert does should be correct.

Reason like an expert is comparing an action with a person.

Kindly correct me if wrong!
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23 Apr 2013, 21:51
bharatdasaka wrote:
Which of the following is correct?

a) Reason as an Expert does
b) Reason like an Expert
c) Reason like an Expert Does

Reason is an action. I think Reason as an expert does should be correct.

Reason like an expert is comparing an action with a person.

Kindly correct me if wrong!

You have the right idea in that 'like' compares nouns and 'as' compares clauses (which contain verbs/actions). With your options above, you left off what is really being compared - the part of the sentence before the word reason. Either like or as can be used correctly with reason.

A) I reasoned through the difficult scientific problem as an expert would [have reasoned]. Comparing clauses
B) I reason like an expert. Comparing nouns
C) XXX Can't use like with clauses

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Re: Usage of Like   [#permalink] 23 Apr 2013, 21:51
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