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# Can "Like/Unlike" be followed by a preposition?

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Can "Like/Unlike" be followed by a preposition? [#permalink]

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Hi,

Can the word like or unlike be followed by a preposition when used for comparison? I only ask because Manhattan SC says "Like" is a preposition and can not be followed by either a clause or prepositional phrase.
Does that mean the following structures are incorrect?
a) Like Dan of Utah, Patrick ......
b) Unlike in Utah, Colorado has xxxx

May be the ones above are terrible examples. Can someone tell me what does Manhattan SC mean when it says "like" cannot be followed by a prepositional phrase?

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Can "Like/Unlike" be followed by a preposition? [#permalink]

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06 Mar 2017, 21:41
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like/unlike are prepositions and thus must be followed by things that are nouns/noun phrases.

the first one is correct because you are comparing the noun phrase "Dan of Utah" to "Patrick". Not "of Utah" to Patrick.
Note that "Dan" is the main noun and "of Utah" serves as a modifier.

the second example is incorrect because "in Utah" is not a noun/noun phrase. Moreover, we are comparing "in Utah" to "Colorado".
Hence, incorrect.
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Re: Can "Like/Unlike" be followed by a preposition?   [#permalink] 06 Mar 2017, 21:41
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