like : Common Errors in English

About like

Since the 1950s, when it was especially associated with hipsters, “like” as a sort of meaningless verbal hiccup has been common in speech. The earliest uses had a sort of sense to them in which “like” introduced feelings or perceptions which were then specified: “When I learned my poem had been rejected I was, like, devastated.” However, “like” quickly migrated elsewhere in sentences: “I was like, just going down the road, when, like, I saw this cop, like, hiding behind the billboard.” This habit has spread throughout American society, affecting people of all ages. Those who have the irritating “like” habit are usually unaware of it, even if they use it once or twice in every sentence: but if your job involves much speaking with others, it’s a habit worth breaking.Recently young people have extended its uses by using “like” to introduce thoughts and speeches: “When he tells me his car broke down on the way to my party I’m like, ” I know you were with Cheryl because she told me so.” To be reacted to as a grown-up, avoid this pattern.(See also “.”)Some stodgy conservatives still object to the use of “like” to mean “as,” “as though” or “as if.” Examples: ”Treat other people like you want them to treat you” (they prefer: “as you would want them to treat you”). “She treats her dog like a baby” (they prefer “she treats her dog as if it were a baby”). In expressions where the verb is implied rather than expressed, “like” is standard rather than “as”: “she took to gymnastics like a duck to water.”In informal contexts, “like” often sounds more natural than “as if,” especially with verbs involving perception, like “look,” “feel,” “sound,” “seem,” or “taste”: “It looks like it’s getting ready to rain” or “It feels like spring.”So nervous do some people get about “like” that they try to avoid it even in its core meaning of “such as”: “ice cream flavors like vanilla and strawberry always sell well” (they prefer “such as vanilla . . .”). The most fanatical even avoid “like” where it is definitely standard, in such phrases as “behaved like a slob” (“behaved as a slob” is their odd preference).Like you care.

like Meaning(s)

  • (n) a similar kind
  • (n) a kind of person
  • (v) prefer or wish to do something
  • (v) find enjoyable or agreeable
  • (v) be fond of
  • (v) feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard
  • (v) want to have
  • (a) resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination
  • (a) equal in amount or value
  • (a) having the same or similar characteristics
  • (s) conforming in every respect

like in News

  1. Like Father, like sons — Utah priest’s boys follow him into the priesthood

    Like Father, like sons — Utah priest’s boys follow him into the priesthood by Peggy Fletcher Stack The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 14, 2013 10:09AM MDT Following a centuries-old tradition, the young future deacon from Salt Lake City enters the Greek Orthodox sanctuary in Denver. The bishop blesses him in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christopher Gilbert then is led by the ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. Kate Hudson Loves Lip Balm Like Men Love Sex

    Sounds like Kate Hudson's lips are always kissable! The Almay brand ambassador revealed she has quite the obsession when it comes to keeping her pretty pout...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: E! Online

  3. Tatooine-Like Alien Planets Could Host Life

    Luke Skywalker would be proud. Planets like Skywalker's fictional home of Tatooine in the "Star Wars" movie series might have more potential for habitability than planets in other systems, research suggests.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: via Yahoo! News

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