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In the above example, like is used to introduce similarity between two items or persons. This is an accepted usage in Sentence
Correction on the GMAT. In other words, like cannot be used to introduce examples or a subset of a category, which should be used
following such as.
Correct: I enjoy playing musical instruments such as piano and violin.
Wrong: I enjoy playing musical instruments like piano and violin.
In sum, on the GMAT, use like before a noun or pronoun when emphasizing similar characteristics between two persons, groups or
things. Use such as before a noun or phrase when introducing examples.
Like vs. As/As If/As though
Use like before a noun or pronoun. Use as before a clause, adverb or prepositional phrase. Use as if and as though before a clause.
Like is generally used as a preposition in such a context. As is generally used as an adverb while sometimes serving as a preposition
with the meaning of “in the capacity of”. As you can tell, the focus of the comparison shifts from the noun when used with like to
the verb when used with as, as if, or as though.
My mother’s cheesecake tastes like glue.
I love frozen pizza because there is no other snack like it.
My mother’s cheesecake tastes great, as a mother’s cheesecake should.
There are times, as now, that learning grammar becomes important.
He golfed well again, as in the tournament last year.
He served as captain in the navy.
He often told half-truths, as any politician would. www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Grammar Review 10 He looks as if he knows me.
It looked as if a storm were on the way.
He yelled at me as though it were my fault.
The same rule applies when you use the expressions seem like and look like.
He seemed like a nice guy at ﬁrst.
That looks like a very tasty cake.
Wrong: It seemed like he liked me.
Correct: It seemed as if he liked me.
Here the comparison is with a clause, not a noun.
Due to is also used adjectivally, and must have a noun to attach itself to:
My failure, due to a long-term illness during the semester, was disappointing.
(That is, the failure was attributable to the long-term illness, not the disappointment, which would have had other causes, such as the
If an adverbial link is needed, the expression owing to has lost its exclusively adjectival quality:
My failure was disappointing owing to a long-term illness during the semester.
(In this case, the disappointment at the failure was caused by the long-term illness during the semester.) 1.6 Preposition Prepositions are words that are placed before a noun making a particular relationship between it and the word to which it is attached. 1.6.1 Preposition Types There are a few types of prepositions:
1) simple prepositions: these are the most common prepositions, such as: in, on, of, at, from, among, between, over, with, through,
2) compound prepositions: two prepositions used together as one, such as:...
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