28 febrero, 2014

AS Versus LIKE

Some of you ask me about the differences between AS & like, This is a short explanation about it and some exercises

As –like
AS can be a preposition meaning in the capacity of / in the function of like in the sentence ex: He works as a clerk. But it is usually a conjunction of manner and goes therefore followed by a verb form,Ex: When in Rome do as Romans do.
It also appears in comparative structures:ex: She is as busy as a bee.
In the group such as it means like:
Ex: There are different ways of travelling such as (=like) walking, flying or driving.
Use AS in comparisons in the expression as... as, with an adjective or adverb in between. Basketball is as popular as football here. He can’t read as well as his classmates
As is also used in the expressions not so... as and the same (...) as I wouldn’t go so far as that. He is the same age as me
LIKE Is a preposition and goes therefore followed by a noun. It expresses similarity:
ex: She feels like a rolling stone (=in the same way as) It was like a dream (=similar to)
Like is a preposition and is therefore followed by pronouns in the object form. ex: They said they didn't want people like me in that group.
It can also be followed by a verb, in the -ing form Ex: There's nothing like fishing from a boat
In fact, when we want to ask about the description of something we use
WHAT IS something LIKE ? which is quite different from
HOW is something /someone ? where we become interested in personal state, etc.
Use LIKE in comparisons followed by a noun. A movie is not like a book. (Not as a book). Like other people, (not as other people) he values his privacy.

AS or LIKE ?
1. There's no business___________show buisiness.
a) as
b) like
2. ___________a lawyer, I would advise caution
a) like
b) as
3. I once worked _______a bus conductor.
a) as
b) like
4. This motorway is___________a car park.
a) like
b) as
5. People________the Joneses always copy us.
a) as
b) like
6. ___________it was getting cold, we decided to go into a cafeteria.
a) like
b) as
7. There's nothing ____________fishing in the sea. It's so relaxing
a) as
b) like
8. Mary weighs the same____________her brother.
a) like
b) as
9. She is always as busy _____________a bee. She never has time.
a) like
b) as
10. ________he opened the door, he discovered that he had a nice visit.
a) like
b) as
online quiz & key at:
http://english.baladre.org/sedaviwebfront/aslike.htm
more exercises at:
http://www.better-english.com/grammar/aslike.htm