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As Vs Like: Correct and Incorrect usages

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Re: As Vs Like: Correct and Incorrect usages [#permalink]
hi,
could anyone explain why- it's never correct to say "was as that of XYZ."
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Please suggest which of the following are correct and what would be the corrected version of those that are incorrect:

1. Emily has as little money as I.
2. My friend doesn’t have as much work as Sam.
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Hi Payal,

Can you please provide some insight into how to deal with statements which compare the quantity of two objects using "as".
Eg.: "This rock weighs twice as much as that one."

In these cases, I find the concept of "clause with a verb" after "as" not applicable. Kindly help.
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Hi Payal,

Can you please provide some insight into how to deal with statements which compare the quantity of two objects using "as".
Eg.: "This rock weighs twice as much as that one."

In these cases, I find the concept of "clause with a verb" after "as" not applicable. Kindly help.

The example you have mentioned is of the idiomatic usage of "as...as...".

"As" with clause and " like" with noun is altogether a different topic.

Like my brother, I am fond of football.
As my brother is, I am fond of football.

These usages are not be mixed up with the as... as... usage.
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H Payal,

I have a doubt with the usage of like in the below example:

Amy takes care of children in the daycare like a mother.

I understand that like is used to compare two nouns; however, isn't 'mother' referred here as a role/function. As per the post, for stating function we use As+Noun, so shouldn't the correct sentence be ........... as a mother?

Thanks!
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piyush_89 wrote:
Can you please provide some insight into how to deal with statements which compare the quantity of two objects using "as".
Eg.: "This rock weighs twice as much as that one."

In these cases, I find the concept of "clause with a verb" after "as" not applicable. Kindly help.

Hi piyush_89, of course there is a verb; just that it's not visible:), because it's implied.

The sentence is: This rock weighs twice as much as that one (weighs).

Hope it is now evident that weighs is implied.

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses As Vs Like, its application and examples in significant detail. If someone is interested, PM me your email-id; I can mail the corresponding section.
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I have a doubt with the usage of like in the below example:

Amy takes care of children in the daycare like a mother.

I understand that like is used to compare two nouns; however, isn't 'mother' referred here as a role/function. As per the post, for stating function we use As+Noun, so shouldn't the correct sentence be ........... as a mother?

Hi mkabra123, let's slightly simplify the sentence.

Amy takes care of children like a mother.

This is a valid sentence. The following would also be valid:

Amy takes care of children as a mother.

However, rather than interpreting Amy's role/function as a mother, a better way to interpret this sentence would be:

Amy takes care of children as a mother (takes care of children).

So, basically "as" has two main functions:

i) Preposition (role/function)
ii) Conjunction (connects two clauses, as is the case here)

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses As Vs Like, its application and examples in significant detail. If someone is interested, PM me your email-id; I can mail the corresponding section.
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mkabra123 wrote:
H Payal,

I have a doubt with the usage of like in the below example:

Amy takes care of children in the daycare like a mother.

I understand that like is used to compare two nouns; however, isn't 'mother' referred here as a role/function. As per the post, for stating function we use As+Noun, so shouldn't the correct sentence be ........... as a mother?

Thanks!

"Like" is alright - the comparison is between "a mother" and "Amy" - not the function of a mother and function of Amy. The comparison will be more clear if the comparison phrase is relocated:
Like a mother, Amy takes care of children in the daycare.

If the functions are required to be compared, then the sentence should be:
Amy takes care of children in the daycare as a mother DOES.

The sentence "Amy takes care of children in the daycare as a mother." has a different meaning altogether. This sentence implies that Amy herself is the mother - "as" is used to mean "in the role of".
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mkabra123 - I believe sayantanc2k and EducationAisle have already addressed the concern you raised. Take a look at the Like vs As concept file in our free trial if you need more explanation or simply more practice. We have more than 20 questions that test this concept there. Take a look at the help video below on learn how to access the free trial.

https://e-gmat.wistia.com/medias/gcqikwkiq4

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Can you help me with the below GMATPrep EP1 question? The word "as" is neither used to compare clauses nor used to suggest some function (as + noun)

https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-steel-in ... 73197.html

According to the comments on the thread, it is used in place of because. I though as has only two functions and didn't have any other functions at all. Hence I eliminated the right choice during the exam. Can you put some light on all other uses of "as" ?

Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks
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Like many self-taught artists, Perle Hessing did not begin to paint until she was well into middle age.

(A) Like

(B) As have

(C) Just as with

(D) Just like

(E) As did

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Hello egmat,
Thanks a for this detailed discussion.
Well,I have a little doubt- As you stated an example of correct use of LIKE by this sentence -

Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a mother.

Now if I modify the sentence a little (two ways) -

1. Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a mother, who is........
2. Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a perfect mother.

Now, whether the use of like in these two modified sentences will be okay?

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tamal99 wrote:
Hello egmat,
Thanks a for this detailed discussion.
Well,I have a little doubt- As you stated an example of correct use of LIKE by this sentence -

Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a mother.

Now if I modify the sentence a little (two ways) -

1. Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a mother, who is........
2. Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a perfect mother.

Now, whether the use of like in these two modified sentences will be okay?

Regards,
Tamal

Hey Tamal,

I am not an expert but here are my thoughts

Both the sentences you mentioned are grammatically and logically correct. The first sentence is followed by a non-essential modifier that describes the mother. The comparison between amy and mother is still intact and correct. Hence it is correct

The second one adds an adjective "perfect" to mother, even then the sentence stands correct because we are trying to compare amy to a "perfect mother".The sentence is correct with no errors

Hope this helps
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pikolo2510 wrote:
tamal99 wrote:
Hello egmat,
Thanks a for this detailed discussion.
Well,I have a little doubt- As you stated an example of correct use of LIKE by this sentence -

Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a mother.

Now if I modify the sentence a little (two ways) -

1. Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a mother, who is........
2. Amy takes care of the children in the day care like a perfect mother.

Now, whether the use of like in these two modified sentences will be okay?

Regards,
Tamal

Hey Tamal,

I am not an expert but here are my thoughts

Both the sentences you mentioned are grammatically and logically correct. The first sentence is followed by a non-essential modifier that describes the mother. The comparison between amy and mother is still intact and correct. Hence it is correct

The second one adds an adjective "perfect" to mother, even then the sentence stands correct because we are trying to compare amy to a "perfect mother".The sentence is correct with no errors

Hope this helps

Hi pikolo2510,
Thanks for your reply. I do agree with you on this. Well based on thais understanding could you please share your thoughts on this problem-
https://gmatclub.com/forum/just-as-phot ... 68247.html

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Sure tamal, but I think it would be great if you let me know your doubt / analysis on the question you just posted. Learning would then be faster

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Sure tamal, but I think it would be great if you let me know your doubt / analysis on the question you just posted. Learning would then be faster

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is this sentence correct or incorrect ?
"My first job was as a sketch artist."
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