Conjunctions - like / as
Like can be
used as a preposition, it means something is
similar to or resembles something else. For
- She looks like my friend Mona. (She
looks similar to Mona)
- She sings like a bird. (Her voice reminds
me of a bird)
As can be
used as a conjunction to show similarity, it
means to do something in the same way as something
else. For example:
- Do as your teacher says. (Do the same
as what your teacher says.)
- I called John as you asked. (I called
John, which is the same as what you asked me
As can also
be used as a preposition, it is used to refer
to a particular event or situation. For example:
- I used to work as a teacher.
- He's younger than his friends, but they treat
him as an equal.
- He started as a one-man business, but
now he employs over 200 people.
Like or As?
Like and as (conjunction)
can have similar meanings. Here's where you
use each one:
Like is used
with any kind of noun, for example:
- She's like an angel.
- My brother is like me.
- Reading a book is like having a conversation
with the world's greatest thinkers.
comes before a subject + verb, for example:
- Don't change anything, I like it as it
- Do as you like.
- We left early as you suggested.