How To Use As If & Like – English Grammar Lesson

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I saw a new pizza shop on Madison. It looked as if it had good pizza so I went in. Everyone working there was nice, and they treated me as if I were a long time customer. They seemed to live their jobs, and worked hard, like they were the owners themselves!

Today let’s have a look at the phrase as if & like.

We use as if to talk about how something or someone looks or seems to be.

The grammar is [noun] + verb 1 + as if + subject + verb 2. Usually, verb 1 is a verb of the senses, like look, seem, sound, etc:

  • Brad looks as if he’s been out in the cold too long.
  • Jane sounded as if she’s angry with us.
  • I feel as if I’m catching a cold. I need to go to bed early tonight.
  • The kitchen smells as if someone cooked curry.
  • You’d better bring an umbrella. It seems as if it’s going to rain.

In more informal English conversations, it’s also possible to use like, instead of as if:

  • Brad looks like he’s been out in the cold too long.
  • Jane sounded like she’s angry with us.
  • I feel like I’m catching a cold. I need to go to bed early tonight.
  • The kitchen smells like someone cooked
  • You’d better bring an umbrella. It seems like it’s going to rain.

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