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New post 19 Oct 2011, 23:35
Hey Guys,

I was composing a sentence today and came across a 'like' vs 'such as' situation.

The sentence:

Yes, the category 'TV and Video' is focused around stuff that is aired on TV like TV series, TV commercials etc.


Should I be using like or such as here? Like from what I understand should be used when I want to say 'similar to' and such as should be used when I want to say 'for example.' Wouldn't both apply here?

Thanks in advance.
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as per GMAT, the above sentence must use SUCH AS, since it is used to introduce examples. like can be used to compare clauses such as 'He does it the same way like i do'. Hope this helps.


My apologies for nitpicking, but I think the example given by you is incorrect. Since we are comparing actions, we need to use an "as".

He does it the same way as i do.

The general rule is
1) such...as - for giving examples
2) like - for comparing noun clauses.
3) as - for verb/action clauses.

Correct me if i am wrong :)

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IndianGuardian, to my understanding Like will be used to compare noun's and Such as will be used for introducing examples.
So using such as is preferable in your sentence i think :)
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IndianGuardian, to my understanding Like will be used to compare noun's and Such as will be used for introducing examples.
So using such as is preferable in your sentence i think :)


Like being used to compare nouns comes up when the choice is between the words 'as' and 'like.' Here the choice is between the words 'like' and such as.'

I am veering towards 'such as' for this statement.
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GmatClub SC Wiki says " Such as is used to indicate examples and Like is used to indicate similarities" ( )
umm then in your case Such As is more appropriate right ?
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I will choose 'Such as' in case this comes up in GMAT :-)
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as per GMAT, the above sentence must use SUCH AS, since it is used to introduce examples. like can be used to compare clauses such as 'He does it the same way like i do'. Hope this helps.
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Hey Guys,

I was composing a sentence today and came across a 'like' vs 'such as' situation.

The sentence:

Yes, the category 'TV and Video' is focused around stuff that is aired on TV like TV series, TV commercials etc.


Should I be using like or such as here? Like from what I understand should be used when I want to say 'similar to' and such as should be used when I want to say 'for example.' Wouldn't both apply here?

Thanks in advance.

I would go for "such as" since its introducing an example.
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Crick, thanks for correcting me.
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To add a little more spice to this discussion, let me give you some more examples. Some years ago, I used to see a slogan form a GMAT coaching institute in India namely, “Nobody knows GMAT like we do”. I do not know whether the company is still hanging around that slogan

http://wikimapia.org/9728985/Csquare-Le ... LIKE-WE-DO

So, I thought this small drill may perhaps help some basic level understanding of ‘like’,‘as’ and ‘such as’

1. Nobody teaches GMAT like Ron
2. Nobody teaches GMAT like Ron does
3. Nobody teaches GMAT such as Ron does
4. Nobody teaches GMAT as Ron
5. Nobody teaches GMAT as Ron does
6. Nobody knows the child like its mother and J&J
7. Nobody knows the child like its mother and J&J do
8. Nobody knows the child better than its mother and J&J
9. Nobody knows the child as its mother and J&J
10. Nobody knows the child better than its mother and J&J do
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New post 15 Mar 2016, 16:07
To add a little more spice to this discussion, let me give you some more examples. Some years ago, I used to see a slogan form a GMAT coaching institute in India namely, “Nobody knows GMAT like we do”. I do not know whether the company is still hanging around that slogan

http://wikimapia.org/9728985/Csquare-Le ... LIKE-WE-DO

So, I thought this small drill may perhaps help some basic level understanding of ‘like’,‘as’ and ‘such as’

1. Nobody teaches GMAT like Ron
2. Nobody teaches GMAT like Ron does
3. Nobody teaches GMAT such as Ron does
4. Nobody teaches GMAT as Ron
5. Nobody teaches GMAT as Ron does
6. Nobody knows the child like its mother and J&J
7. Nobody knows the child like its mother and J&J do
8. Nobody knows the child better than its mother and J&J
9. Nobody knows the child as its mother and J&J
10. Nobody knows the child better than its mother and J&J do
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