Often confused because they are both used to compare things. Here is a lesson on how to use “As” and “Like”. As you will see, it’s like other English lessons. You will understand it much more when you practice! Like you have done before.
When to use “As”
We use as to talk about function.
- I worked as a teacher for 2 years when I lived in Barcelona.
- She used his chair as a stool to climb over a wall.
In comparisons, we use ‘as adjective as’.
- He’s not as handsome as his brother
- He jumped as high as he could.
In the following comparisons as is a conjunction – it’s followed by a clause with a subject and a verb.
- He went to Wellington Idiomas to study English as his father did before him.
- She’s a talented singer, as most of her family were.
When to use “Like”
In the following comparisons, like is a preposition and it’s followed by a noun or a pronoun.
- I’ve been running like a madman all afternoon.
- None of my family are like me. They are all so different.
- She looks just like her a supermodel!
Like and As if/As though
Like, as if and as though can all be used to make comparisons.
- You look as if you’ve seen a the devil!
- It looks like it’s going to rain soon!
Expressions with ‘As’
- As you know, English classes restart in January.
- As we agreed the lesson will be cancelled tomorrow.
- Their car is the same as ours.