English grammar

Module 8, Conjunctions and Interjections, Lesson 7:

As/As if Versus Like

English grammar

Like versus as/as if/as though/such as - In casual speech people often use like when they should use as or as if.

Like should only be used when followed by a noun.

The clouds look like cotton balls.

As, as if, and as though join clauses.

It is going to rain today like as it did yesterday.
It looks like as if it is going to rain.
We ran between the buildings like as though it were already raining.

Such as is used before a list.

You will need to bring rain gear like such as an umbrella, a poncho, or boots.

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Choose the word that best fills in the blank.
I think your hair looks gold silk.
(like / as)
It smells something died in your locker.
(like / as if)
You ate gelato that tasted violets?
(like / as)
You look you just got out of the shower.
(like / as though)
That sounds your grandmother on the phone.
(like / as if)
Your room smells you have a locker room under your bed.
(like / as if)
That perfume smells orange blossoms and roses.
(like / as though)
Snacks almonds, avocados, and watermelon are good for you.
(like / such as)
I want to become a doctor my father did.
(like / as)
It sounds there is a herd of elephants coming down the hall.
(like / as though)