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# Can anyone tell me why we use "as" vs

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Can anyone tell me why we use "as" vs [#permalink]

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Can anyone tell me why we use "as" vs "like" here?

"Owning a car is still Dan's Goal, like that of his parents when they were his age."

Here, aren't we comparing Dan's goal vs. his parents' goal? Which are both nouns or noun phrases so "like" should be correct right?

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05 Dec 2008, 14:38
freakingout wrote:
Can anyone tell me why we use "as" vs "like" here?

"Owning a car is still Dan's Goal, like that of his parents when they were his age."

Here, aren't we comparing Dan's goal vs. his parents' goal? Which are both nouns or noun phrases so "like" should be correct right?

we are comparing Dan's goal of owning a car with His parents goal of owning a car

One clause is compared to other clause-Use "As"
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05 Dec 2008, 15:06
But if we're comparing goals, then how can it be comparison of clauses? There's no verb (which is required under the "clause" definition) when comparing goals.
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05 Dec 2008, 16:25
freakingout wrote:
But if we're comparing goals, then how can it be comparison of clauses? There's no verb (which is required under the "clause" definition) when comparing goals.

Let me tell u one more to say why like is incorrect

"Owning a car is still Dan's Goal".

i"that of his parents when they were his age.".

Like =similar to

rewirte the sentence

"Owning a car is still Dan's Goal, is similar to that of his parents when they were his age."

At first look, you may see where is the problem..

This means their goals were simliar and not exactly the same

( I need something similar to Orange means I need a lemon and not an orange..)

so, if we use like goals of parents will be similar means may be buying a house but NOT buying a car

This changes the meaning as the focus of the sentence is to show that they had "exactly" same dream so you cant use like in any case
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05 Dec 2008, 20:04
freakingout wrote:
Can anyone tell me why we use "as" vs "like" here?

"Owning a car is still Dan's Goal, like that of his parents when they were his age."

Here, aren't we comparing Dan's goal vs. his parents' goal? Which are both nouns or noun phrases so "like" should be correct right?

"Like" modifies "Owning a car", so "that of" appears likely to refer to "owning a car...", not to "goal of ..."---> Awkward

Owning a car is still Dan's Goal, as it was that of his parents when they were his age

1. As +clause
2. "it" correctly refers to "owning a car"
3. "that of" refers to "goal"
4. the sentence sounds more parallelism

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