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23 Jun 2003, 11:59
When is the proper time to use like and as, aslo that and which?

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23 Jun 2003, 22:16
This is how I see it:

In sentences were there is a comparison "like" should be used when comparing nouns and "as" should be used when comparing actions.
(This is what Kaplan says in the Verbal workout).

In sentences where there is a list of examples, if you are given a choice between "such as" and "like" preceding the list of examples, always go for "such as". (From my personal experience with GMAT SC).

Feel free to comment on this...

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24 Jun 2003, 12:33
KenFred wrote:
When is the proper time to use like and as, aslo that and which?

Kaplan's workbook has idioms section at the end and they explain this stuff; i don't have it anymore and don't remember, but maybe if somebody has it, they can post the proper explanation...

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24 Jun 2003, 13:57
MartinMag wrote:
This is how I see it:

In sentences were there is a comparison "like" should be used when comparing nouns and "as" should be used when comparing actions.
(This is what Kaplan says in the Verbal workout).

In sentences where there is a list of examples, if you are given a choice between "such as" and "like" preceding the list of examples, always go for "such as". (From my personal experience with GMAT SC).

Feel free to comment on this...

Martin.-

This is generally right. However, "like" is often followed by [noun] + [verb]. For example, "He plays piano like my father does" is better than "He plays piano as my father does."

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24 Jun 2003, 15:05
JP wrote:
MartinMag wrote:
This is how I see it:

In sentences were there is a comparison "like" should be used when comparing nouns and "as" should be used when comparing actions.
(This is what Kaplan says in the Verbal workout).

In sentences where there is a list of examples, if you are given a choice between "such as" and "like" preceding the list of examples, always go for "such as". (From my personal experience with GMAT SC).

Feel free to comment on this...

Martin.-

This is generally right. However, "like" is often followed by [noun] + [verb]. For example, "He plays piano like my father does" is better than "He plays piano as my father does."

What you said is perfectly correct, but I was referring specifically to sentences which contain a "list of examples".

Something like: "He likes to play sports such as tennis, football and basketball.".

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