For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 73, then please read on…
The words ‘like’ and ‘as’ are used quite a bit in writing, but are they always used correctly? You will be pleased to know that there is a way to work out if you are using the right one and it makes it easier if you know the difference between a phrase and a clause. I specifically wrote yesterday’s blog (note 72 – The difference between a phrase and a clause) to prepare you for today’s.
To recap on note 72, a phrase is a group of words that does not contain a verb, and a clause is a group of words that does contain a verb (cited in The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal). A tip he gives to remember this is:
- Like is used in phrases (remember: phrases do not contain verbs)
- As is used in clauses (remember: clauses do contain verbs)
GROUPS OF WORDS USING LIKE
In the following sentences the group of words in bold are phrases, therefore it is correct to use the word like:
- It is soft like butter
- Like so many others, they left it to the last minute to book their tickets.
- The room smelt like fresh flowers
GROUPS OF WORDS USING AS
In the following sentences the group of words in bold are clauses (containing the verbs: burst, turned and said) therefore it is correct to use the word as:
- They jumped as I burst into the room
- As they turned the corner, they saw the park
- As I said hello, she smiled
That’s all for today. Please feel free to comment on this blog if you wish. Also, as I have mentioned in previous blogs, I am happy to take requests on the subject of grammar/punctuationmmar/writing tips or similar. Hope you have enjoyed today’s blog.
One more thing – did you notice the correct use of as in my last paragraph?
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Brandon Royal (2004) The Little Red Writing Book, USA