Grammar: 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.