Grammar: As and Like

grammar tips: as and like

Sabemos que en ocasiones os cuesta mucho saber la diferencia entre As y Like, así que os ponemos aquí cuando usar cada uno, con frases de ejemplo.

We use LIKE:

  • to mean ‘similar to’ (especially after the verbs be, seem, feel, look, sound, smeel and taste)

He’s eating what looks like a hamburger.

This swimming pool is fantastic – the artificial waves mean it’s like swimming in the sea.


  • to mean ‘for example’

He enjoys all sorts of adventure sports like paragliding windsurfing and canoeing.


We use AS:

  • to say something or someone is that thing or has that function:

He works as a nurse.

She uses email as a way of keeping in touch with friends.


  • to mean the same as before a subject + verb or a past participle:

Things happened as I had expected.


  • to mean ‘because’:

As tomorrow is a public holiday, I will not be giving you any homework.


  • after certain verbs including describe and regard:

The police are describing him as extremely dangerous.


  • with adjectives and adverbs to make comparisons:

Mike is not as clever as his sister.


  • to mean ‘for example’ in the phrase such as:

I will visit lots of places such as Venice, Rome and Florence.


  • with the same… as:

You’re wearing the same color shirt as me.


  • in the phrases as far as I know, as far as I’m concerned, as far as I can see/ tell…
Fuente: Complete First.


1.- Utiliza correctamente As/ Like

_____ I always say, just do it.

____ your father, I care about you.

This bag is ____ mine.

____ you know, I love chocolate.

She works ____ a teacher.

I like people ____ you.

She looks ____ her sister.

____ I see it, this is something we will regret.

Someone ____ you. 

2.- Elige la respuesta correcta.

  • Howard sings with ____ much confidence ____ a professional. 

like, as 
like, like 
as, as 
as, like 

  • Howard sings ____ a professional. 



  • It is just ____ Jenny to forget my birthday. 


  • Peter’s work ____ a consultant keeps him very busy. 


  • ____ your boss, I think you need to work harder. [= I am your boss] 


  • ____ your boss, I think you need to work harder. [= I am not your boss] 


  • Vanessa won the race, ____ expected. 


  • You’re bedroom is a mess. It’s ____ a bomb exploded in there! 


  • It looks ____ it’s going to be another beautiful day. 


  • He blamed everyone else for his mistakes ____ he always does. 


3.- Rellena los espacios.

1. Completa las siguientes oraciones con “like” o “as”.Inicia sesión para hacer seguimiento de tus autoevaluaciones

1)My boss is very strict; he is _____ a sergeant
2)His house is very big; it is ____ a castle
3)He has found a job in Marbella  ____ a gardener
4)The thief threatened the old couple using a screwdriver ___ a weapon
5)During the war they used this local road ___ an airfield
6)You must reply to the judge ___  your lawyer has told you
7)When I finished my studies I started working  ___ an accountant
8)What a beautiful place! It is  ___ paradise
9)Can you swim that distance  ___ fast as I can?
10)My wife always behaves ___ her mother
11)What a big dog! It is ___ a pony
12)What a scandal in the restaurant! That person behaved  ___a clown
13)Be careful! That dog is fierce  ___ a tiger
14)When he was young he worked in Paris  ___ a postman
15)Helen didn’t pass her exam  ___ we expected
16)You can go to work walking ___ I do. It is very healthy
17)When he was attacked in the street he reacted ___ a coward
18)In summer they use the local school ___ a sports centre
19)She is very funny. I really ___ people like her
20)Who is that guy? He looks ___ my teacher
21)I have brought you this book ___ I promised
22)I wouldn’t have reacted  ___ you did
23)Edward is really angry. He looks ___ a madman
24)What a fantastic swimming pool! It is really big,  ___ a lake
25)George, you can work here  ___ my assistant

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