|'as' and 'like'|
Cristina Pinho from Brazil asks:
I love this section of the BBC.
Here is my question:- "I've worked as a dog" or "I've worked like a dog." What is the difference between as and like?
As and like are used in a number of different ways and can be different parts of speech.
'as' and 'like' - prepositions
refers to something or someone's appearance or function. Consider
the following examples:
has the meaning 'similar to' and is used when comparing things.
Look at these examples:
expression 'I've been working like a dog' is idiomatic and
means that you have been working very hard. Note that we can use
adverbs of degree, such as just, very, quite,
not much, not at all, a bit, etc, to modify
'as' and 'like' - conjunctions
As and like can also be used as conjunctions:
means 'in the same way that'. Consider the following: