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Does anyone know a good way to determine whether LIKE or AS [#permalink]

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Does anyone know a good way to determine whether LIKE or AS should be used? I keep running into different explanations on the internet and in my prep books, but they are not consistent. Thanks!
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08 Mar 2009, 19:48
Like : Compare two nouns
As: Compare two clauses, actions
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Like is one of the comparision indicators and is always a preposition. It should always be followed by a noun / pronoun / noun phrase and it compares with another noun.

Ex - Like LSAT, GMAT is a CAT exam. Here we are comparing two exams LSAT and GMAT which are two nouns.

In some occasions Like means "similar to"

Ex - Satvik runs like a chetha. Here noun - Satvik runs with a speed similar to chetha.

As is little more complicated since it has dual roles sometimes acts like a conjunction and some times prepostion.

When acting like a conjuction(remember, conjunction(or connecting word) should always join two or more cluases)

a) You should work hard in verbal AS every member of this forum do. (Two clauses are joined by AS - acting as a comparision)

When acting like a preposition, it should be followed by a noun. But the difference here unlike LIKE is that the noun reered is not similar but exact.

Ex - As a forum member, I give my inputs to this question.

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Re: SC - difference between Like and As [#permalink]

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09 Mar 2009, 15:02
mrsmarthi wrote:
Like is one of the comparision indicators and is always a preposition. It should always be followed by a noun / pronoun / noun phrase and it compares with another noun.

Ex - Like LSAT, GMAT is a CAT exam. Here we are comparing two exams LSAT and GMAT which are two nouns.

In some occasions Like means "similar to"

Ex - Satvik runs like a chetha. Here noun - Satvik runs with a speed similar to chetha.

As is little more complicated since it has dual roles sometimes acts like a conjunction and some times prepostion.

When acting like a conjuction(remember, conjunction(or connecting word) should always join two or more cluases)

a) You should work hard in verbal AS every member of this forum do. (Two clauses are joined by AS - acting as a comparision)

When acting like a preposition, it should be followed by a noun. But the difference here unlike LIKE is that the noun reered is not similar but exact.

Ex - As a forum member, I give my inputs to this question.

+1 to you mrsmarthi. Nice explanation.
Re: SC - difference between Like and As   [#permalink] 09 Mar 2009, 15:02
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