Sunday, 25 May 2014

Similar words!!! Don't get confused!

Like / As / Unlike / Such as

- it is followed by a noun or a pronoun
- it is used to compare things
- it means ' similar to '
She is like her mother.
You speak like a native speaker.
Ann looks like a princess.

- it is used to refer to something or someone's appearance or function

Before she became a waitress she worked as a cleaning lady.

- in the same way 

I always drink strong black coffee as they do in my country.

- to refer to the degree of something 

Your son will soon be as tall as his father.

- as  a conjunction ( to connect two clauses )

As they were leaving, Mary called.

Like and As 

 they can both be used to show how things are similar

He runs like a panther.
He runs as a panther does.

- not alike, dissimilar, not equal

For twins, the girls are very unlike.
I am unlike my sister in many ways.

- not typical or characteristic for someone or something

It is unlike her to be late.

- when using to contrast somebody or something with another person or thing

Unlike the old generation of computers, the next generation of computers will be more efficient.

Such as
- to introduce an example or series of examples
- it means ' for example ', ' of a kind ' 

Animals such as elephants and lions...

Such as and Like
- they can both be used to introduce examples
- in formal academic writing ' such as ' is better than ' like '


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