The uses of as and like are often confused.
Try and sort them out by doing these quizzes.
- Matching quiz - sentences with as and like
- Complete the rules
- Different uses of as - multiple choice quiz
- Choose between as and like, gapfill quiz
- Verbs of sensation with like and as if
- Complete the rules
- Idioms with as ... as ... - quiz
- Idioms with like ... - quiz
Ex. 1 - Match the two halves of these sentences
|1.||She looks just like||a)||as a mansion.|
|2.||She looks just as||b)||she did the time I last saw her.|
|3.||My sister works in Paris||c)||her mother.|
|4.||I'm also a designer,||d)||he started to get his things ready.|
|5.||As he was getting off at the next station,||e)||like a mansion.|
|6.||As he was getting off the train,||f)||like my sister.|
|7.||Their new house is||g)||as a designer.|
|8.||Their new house is as big||h)||he saw his cousin coming to meet him.|
In which sentence in Ex. 1 could you change as to like in informal language?
Complete the rules
Ex 2. - as and like are both used to make comparisons. Look at the examples in Ex 1. and decide which of them you use:
|1.||before a clause|
|2.||before a clause expressing similarity (more informal)|
|3.||before a noun (phrase) or pronoun|
|4.||to express equality before and after adjectives and adverbs|
Different uses of as
Ex 3. Choose the appropriate use of as in these sentences.
|1||She arrived at the house just as the postman was leaving.|
|in the same way as - while - job or function - because, since|
|2||She started as a trainee, and worked her way up.|
|job or function - because, since - in the same way as - while|
|3||I only meant it as a joke.|
|since - while - job or function - though|
|4||I'm going to the shops, as we haven't anything in the fridge.|
|though - while - because, since - in the same way as|
|5||You should have left things as they were.|
|in the same way as - job or function - while - because, since|
|6||Pleased as I was to see him, I wish he had let us know earlier.|
|because, since - job or function - in the same way as - though|
|7||Since you don't have a scarf, you could wear this as one.|
|in the same way as - while - though - job or function|
|8||Well as you're here, why don't you stay for lunch?|
|in the same way as - though - because, since - job or function|
|9||As she got to know him, she began to understand him better.|
|while - because, since - though - job or function|
|10||As she had known him for a long time, she understood him well.|
|in the same way as - job or function - because, since - though|
|11||As I said, she's totally hopeless.|
|since - while - job or function - in the same way as|
|12||It just appeared there, as if by magic.|
|job or function - in the same way as - while - because, since|
Is it like or as?
Ex 4. Complete the sentences with like or as
|1.||He looks just his dad.|
|2.||Late again, that's just her.|
|3.||I'm early again, usual.|
|4.||Well, I was saying before you so rudely interrupted me.|
|5.||Don't you talk to me that!|
|6.||He works a horse, never stops all day.|
|7.||He works a mechanic at the local garage.|
|8.||David often works at home, and uses the spare room an office.|
|9.||The boys room is designed to look the inside of a spacecraft.|
|10.||That's 'a' in apple.|
|11.||A tangerine looks a bit a small orange.|
Preposition, conjunction or adverb?
- She looks just as she did the last time I saw her.
- You look like you could do with a drink. (informal)
- You look as if you could do with a drink. (more formal)
- She looks just like her mother.
- He works as a barman.
- He was late, as usual.
- This one is cheaper, and just as good.
- She as tall as her brother. (adverb / preposition)
- He ran as fast as his legs would carry him. (adverb / conjunction)
Ex. 5 - like and as if are often used with certain verbs (taste, smell, feel, look and sound) that describe the senses. Match the beginnings and endings of these sentences.
|1.||Mmm, this tea tastes really||a)||it's made from metal|
|2.||It's quite sweet. It tastes rather like||b)||going to rain.|
|3.||These chocolates taste as if they've||c)||old socks.|
|4.||Ugh! That smells||d)||silk.|
|5.||Phew! This cheese smells like||e)||it's just been baked.|
|6.||That bread smells as though||f)||honey.|
|7.||After all that walking I feel||g)||absolutely awful.|
|8.||This material feels like||h)||mine.|
|9.||It feels as if||i)||delicious.|
|10.||That kitten looks||j)||really tired.|
|11.||That bicycle looks just like||k)||so cute.|
|12.||It looks as if it's||l)||they're having a party next door.|
|13.||What have you been up to? You sound||m)||David at the door now.|
|14.||That sounds like||n)||very pleased with yourself!|
|15.||It sounds as if||o)||got alcohol in them.|
Ex 6. Complete the rules by selecting the correct options.
|1.||verb (e.g. it tastes) + .....|
|2.||verb (e.g. it tastes) + like + .....|
|3.||verb (e.g. it tastes) + as if / though + .....|
as if / as though
- It looks as if he's asleep. (present real)
- It looks like he's asleep. (present real)
- It looked as if he was/were asleep. (past real/unreal)
- It looked like he was asleep. (past real)
- She talks as though she was/were the Queen!. (present unreal)
- She talks like she was the Queen! (present unreal)
Giving examples - like or such as?
- German cars, like Mercedes and Audi, are known for their quality.
- German cars, such as Mercedes and Audi, are known for their quality.
- The 2010 World Cup featured world class players such as Messi and Ronaldo (actual examples)
- Football could do with more world class players like Messi and Ronaldo (similar to)
Ex 7. There are a lot of idioms which use as ... as ...
|1.||As as a bat|
|2.||As as a bee|
|3.||As as a feather|
|4.||As as a mouse|
|5.||As as a fox|
|6.||As as a mule|
|7.||As as a daisy|
|8.||As as the hills|
|9.||As as a bell|
|10.||As as a cucumber|
Ex 8. There are also quite a few idioms with like.
|1.||Watch out for the boss, she's got like a hawk.|
|2.||He like a horse. And a carthorse at that.|
|3.||Haven't you heard? She like a fish.|
|4.||I feel wonderful this morning. I like a log.|
|5.||I wish I could tell you, but I've got a like a sieve.|
|6.||Mentioning his ex-girlfriend is like a rag to a bull.|
|7.||He's so clumsy, he's like a in a china shop.|
|8.||Oh, I feel like a bear with a today.|