As and like: grammar exercise

February 25, 2013pdf

Both as and like can be used to say that things are similar. Note that like is a preposition. It is followed by a noun or pronoun which acts as its object.

  • She looks like her mother.
  • He is a teetotaler like his father.
  • He fought like a lion.

As is a conjunction. It is used to introduce a clause. As can also be followed by a prepositional phrase.

  • He fought as a lion does.
  • Nobody loves her as I do.

In American English, like is also used as a conjunction.

Complete the following sentences using like or as.

1. A butterfly starts life ………………………… a pupa.

a) like

b) as

c) either could be used here

2. She worked …………………………. a teacher for twenty years before turning writer.

a) like

b) as

c) either could be used here

3. She looks exactly ………………………….. her mother did when she was younger.

a) like

b) as

c) either could be used here

4. She looks a bit …………………….. Sharon Stone.

a) like

b) as

c) either could be used here

5. I am sending you the payment, ………………………….. we agreed.

a) like

b) as

c) either could be used here

Answers

1. A butterfly starts his life as a pupa.

2. She worked as a teacher for twenty years before turning writer.

3. She looks exactly like / as her mother did when she was younger.

4. She looks a bit like Sharon Stone.

5. I am sending you the payment, as we agreed.

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