Misused Words

As and Like

As, a conjunction, is used to link two unequal parts of a sentence.

We will not meet the deadline, as I previously told you.

Like, a preposition, is used to show the relationship between two people or objects.

He is growing fast like a weed.

Occasionally, to correct a sentence in which a person has used like instead of as, you will need to include the word though in the sentence.

 She looks like she has lost her best friend.
 She looks as though she has lost her best friend.

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) (As, Like) the fountain of youth, he strutted through the town.

(2) (As, Like) the rain fell heavily, the parade continued.

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