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# Which of the them are correct? Why ? X lives in a house,

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27 Mar 2013, 07:05
Which of the them are correct? Why ?

X lives in a house, like Y.
X lives in a house like Y.
X lives in a house like Y's
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Updated on: 13 Jun 2013, 19:34
z3nith wrote:
Which of the them are correct? Why ?

X lives in a house, like Y.
X lives in a house like Y.
X lives in a house like Y's

1 is incorrect because like the comparison is incorrect. You are comparing Y with the action of living in a house. That's incorrect.1st is the reverse form of :
Like X, Y is also a blue whale. Hence it is correct.
The 3rd sentence is in-correct because Like is a preposition and should be followed by a noun or noun prepositional phrase. The possesive form is an adjective essentially hence this sentence is also incorrect.

The correct sentence structure is :

Like Monkeys, apes also live on trees.

Tom's build , like his brother , is broad and muscular.

Originally posted by Bluelagoon on 09 Jun 2013, 17:08.
Last edited by Bluelagoon on 13 Jun 2013, 19:34, edited 1 time in total.
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10 Jun 2013, 04:58
z3nith wrote:
Which of the them are correct? Why ?

X lives in a house, like Y.
X lives in a house like Y.
X lives in a house like Y's

Always keep in mind a very simple use of like:

Like should be used to compare nouns
As should be used to compare actions/clauses.

Now apply this rule and you will find the correct answer.
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10 Jun 2013, 05:30
ankurgupta03 wrote:
z3nith wrote:
Which of the them are correct? Why ?

X lives in a house, like Y.
X lives in a house like Y.
X lives in a house like Y's

Always keep in mind a very simple use of like:

Like should be used to compare nouns
As should be used to compare actions/clauses.

Now apply this rule and you will find the correct answer.
All are wrong here

Option number one is correct: "Matt lives in a house, like Paul."
Matt is correctly compared to Paul, and the meaning is clear.

Option number two is not correct: "Matt lives in a house like Paul."
This could mean that:
-Matt and Paul both live in a house.
-Matt lives in a house that is like Paul.

The meaning in this one is not clear, thus the sentence is not correct.

Hope it's clear

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10 Jun 2013, 06:29
Zarrolou wrote:
ankurgupta03 wrote:
z3nith wrote:
Which of the them are correct? Why ?

X lives in a house, like Y.
X lives in a house like Y.
X lives in a house like Y's

Always keep in mind a very simple use of like:

Like should be used to compare nouns
As should be used to compare actions/clauses.

Now apply this rule and you will find the correct answer.
All are wrong here

Option number one is correct: "Matt lives in a house, like Paul."
Matt is correctly compared to Paul, and the meaning is clear.

Option number two is not correct: "Matt lives in a house like Paul."
This could mean that:
-Matt and Paul both live in a house.
-Matt lives in a house that is like Paul.

The meaning in this one is not clear, thus the sentence is not correct.

Hope it's clear

Official question: like-rousseau-tolstoi-rebelled-against-the-unnatural-136091.html

My bad ... did not see the "comma" in the first sentence,
that is why i was thinking why same sentence is written twice ...

in sentence 1, the rule applies, like is used to compare nouns, hence correct
Thanks Zarrlou
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13 Jun 2013, 16:23
z3nith wrote:
Which of the them are correct? Why ?

X lives in a house, like Y.
X lives in a house like Y.
X lives in a house like Y's

Zarrolou is correct. A good way to look at the first option is to move the phrase to the beginning: "Like Paul, Matt lives in a house" (In fact, I think you are FAR more likely to see this construction than to see "Matt lives in a house, like Paul.") In this option you are comparing the people. If you wanted to compare how they live, you would use "as" in a clause: "Matt lives in a house, as does Paul". Now you are comparing how they live.

The final option is correct too - it just has a different meaning. Matt lives in a house like Paul's. Now we are comparing the houses instead of the people: Matt and Paul's houses are similar. We don't need to repeat the word house because it's implied with the possessive "Paul's".

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