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Like or As?

In the following exercise, you will be presented with a number of sentences. You will need to choose whether to use 'like' or 'as'.

1

The situation is quite serious; just _______ we heard yesterday.

a) like
b) as
Well done. You need 'as' here, it is a conjunction used before a whole sentence. You need 'as' here, it is a conjunction used before a whole sentence.
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2

From this angle, the building looks _______ the Empire State Building.

a) like
b) as
Correct. You need the preposition 'like'. You need 'like' in this sentence.
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3

It looks _______ it is going to rain this afternoon.

a) like
b) as if
Well done. You need to use 'as if' instead of 'like' before a clause. No. Strictly speaking, you need to use 'as if' instead of 'like' before a clause.
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4

The queen looks _______ she is going to escape from the palace with the keys to the castle.

a) like
b) as if
Well done. In formal academic writing, it is better to use 'as if'.In formal academic writing, it is better to use 'as if'.
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5

Monkeys live on a variety of fruit _______ bananas, oranges and breadfruit.

a) like
b) such as
Well done. In formal academic writing, 'such as' is better than 'like'.In formal academic writing, 'such as' is better than 'like'.
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6

It looks _______ the weather is going to be kind to us after all.

a) like
b) as if
Correct. In formal writing. 'as if' is much better. In formal writing. 'as if' is much better.
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7

Your room looks _______ a large nuclear device has hit it.

a) like
b) as if
Correct. In formal writing, 'as if' is better. In formal writing, 'as if' is better.
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8

The pasta stew looked and tasted _______ porridge.

a) like
b) as
Correct. Like can be put before a noun. No. Like makes sense here. It can be put before a noun.
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9

I would love to visit some exotic countries _______ India, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

a) like
b) such as
Correct. In formal writing, 'such as' is better than 'like' in this situation. In formal writing, 'such as' is better than 'like' in this situation.
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10

It seems _______ you never want to come and visit us.

a) like
b) as if
Correct. In formal writing it is better to use 'as if' before a clause. In formal writing it is better to use 'as if' before a clause.
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11

_______ we heard, the hurricane is coming!

a) Like
b) As
Well done. 'As' is a conjunction and should be used here. 'Like' is a preposition and should only be used before nouns.
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12

We could go down to the beach, just _______ we used to.

a) as
b) like
Well done. 'As' is a conjunction and should be used here. 'Like' is a preposition and should only be used before nouns.
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