unlike : Common Errors in English

About unlike

When you’re linking two phrases with “unlike” you need to keep them in grammatically parallel forms: “Unlike Cecile, Gareth likes persimmons.” This sentence parallels two people: Cecile and Gareth. But “unlike at home, my boss won’t let me wear sandals” is incorrect because “at home” and “my boss” aren’t grammatically parallel. You’d have to change this to “at home” and “at work” or something similar.

unlike Meaning(s)

  • (a) marked by dissimilarity
  • (a) not equal in amount

unlike in News

  1. Time for Lowe's to Improve: The Street

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Unlike the battles in overcrowded retail segments such as groceries and apparel, the space among the home improvement retailers is occupied by only two giants: Home Depot and Lowe's .
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Kingston Daily Freeman

  2. Elite roll past West Point Pizza Ranch

    Unlike the Chicago Blackhawks who beat the Boston Bruins in three overtimes in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Fremont Elite softball team made quick work of their opponent Wednesday night.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Fremont Tribune

  3. Back to Nothing: Twins 4, Phillies 3

    ... unlike the offense, whose poor decision-making skills once again made a one-run lead seem insurmountable. But the Phillies grabbed the lead early in the top of the first.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Philly.com

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