English Lesson: Like Vs. As

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Happy is a curious dog, like all terriers are. Even though she is twelve years old, she is just as wild as she was when she was younger. But she has put on some weight. In fact, someone recently said she looks like a corgi! I was shocked because I didn’t think she was as big as that.

For today’s lesson, let’s look at using like or as to talk about similarity. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above once more, and then check today’s lesson.

Like can be used as a preposition to show similarity, and is followed by a noun or pronoun:

  • Someone recently said she looks like a corgi. Not, as a corgi.
  • The baby looks just like his mother. Not, just as his mother.

As can be used to show similarity, and is followed by a subject and verb. In casual English, we usually use like:

  • London is expensive, as New York is.
  • London is expensive, like New York is.
  • Tommy is a good singer, just as his father is.
  • Tommy is a good singer, just like his father is.

We also use as…as to show that two things or people are equal.

  • Jack is as tall as his father.
  • Today is as hot as yesterday.
  • I ate as much as you did.

You can use just to emphasize the sameness:

  • Jack is just as tall as his father.
  • Today is just as hot as yesterday.
  • I ate just as much as you did.

We also have some idioms using as….as:

  • He’s as blind as a bat without his glasses.
  • It was as black as night in the cave.
  • The stuff in that store is as cheap as dirt.
  • She was as cold as ice to her cheating husband.
  • This lesson is as easy as ABC!

I hope this was as easy as you thought it would be, just like my other lessons 😉

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