When do you use the word “like”?
1) The obvious mistake
Youngsters these days enjoy using “like” as a filler to replace “uh”, “erm”.
I was, like, so angry.
My boyfriend is ,like, the best ever.
This is a simple correction. Just remove the word “like”.
I was so angry.
My boyfriend is the best ever.
2) Now to the more complex confusion between “like” and “as”.
If you really want to know:
“Like” is a preposition that links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words.
“As” is a conjunction “that connects two words and phrases. Other conjunctions include “and’ and “or”.
Use “like” when no verb follows.
Use “as” if the clause that comes next includes a verb.
NOTE: verb is part of the speech that expresses an action e.g. walk, run, read
He sang like a nightingale.
He sang as if he were the reincarnation of Frank Sinatra.
He behaved like a thug.
He behaved as though he was a thug.