Revised as of 15 February 2018
Well, we all, like, you know, know, that like is, like, really abused, ya know—like that. There are even subtle abuses between as and like. At least, they are subtle, ya know?
It’s always practical to understand the difference when using as or like, especially when writing a dialect or when creating a character through dialogue. Like is informal, casual, and accepted in casual speech…or informal writing *grin*.
As is the proper word to use in formal writing. Or if your character is formal.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: English for Students; Quick and Dirty Tips|
|Part of Grammar:|
|As (“as”, “as if”, “as though”) usually introduces a more complex clause that contains a verb||Use to point out similarities, although “such” is probably more suitable.
Never use to introduce a clause and do not use as a conjunction!
|It’s as if my cousin thinks he is Batman.
My neighbor yelled as though he had seen a banshee.
My brother is as tall as my father.
Johnson kept looking out the window
My brother can’t play the piano
The college has several highly regarded neighbors, such as the Mark Twain House, St. Francis Hospital, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the UConn Law School.
|My cousin looks like Batman.
My neighbor yelled like a banshee.
My brother is tall like my father.
This community college is like a two-year liberal arts college.
|History of the Word:|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?