As/As if Versus Like

May 22, 2021

Like versus as/as if/as though/such as – In casual speech people often use like when they should use as or as if.

Like should only be used when followed by a noun.

The clouds look like cotton balls.

Asas if, and as though join clauses.

It is going to rain today like as it did yesterday.
It looks like as if it is going to rain.
We ran between the buildings like as though it were already raining.

Such as is used before a list.

You will need to bring rain gear like such as an umbrella, a poncho, or boots.