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# Like vs As

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16 Aug 2004, 15:52
Can sone one explain in detail when to use As and when to use Like

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16 Aug 2004, 17:46
I think I saw it one of the idioms list posted under the verbal section. I'll see if I can find it.
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16 Aug 2004, 20:35
According to Kaplan (courtesy of the verbal workbook)

AS versus LIKE
Use like to compare nouns, use as to compare actions -- in other words, use as when what follows is a clause.

Like fine wine, fruitcake tastes better after it has aged.
Dogs don't scratch up furniture, as cats often do.
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16 Aug 2004, 20:41
this is what I posted earlier. hope this helps.

Like or As?

Like is a preposition. It should be followed by an object to make a prepositional phrase.

As is a conjunction. It should be followed by a clause containing a subject and a verb.

Incorrect: He runs like a gazelle does. (Like is followed by a clause.)
Correct: He runs like a gazelle.
Correct: He runs as a gazelle does.

This is sometimes confusing because as occasionally is used with elliptical clauses which may resemble prepositional phrases.

Like is never used with clauses in standard English.
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16 Aug 2004, 22:02
What is an eliptical clause?
16 Aug 2004, 22:02
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