Other methods of comparison. How not to confuse Like and As

In one of previous articles we have already examined the degrees of comparison of adjectives, the rules of their formation, as well as exceptions. However, the comparison does not always take place in one direction or another (more - less, more interesting - less interesting, etc.). Sometimes we want to say that the objects are just the same or not the same, or to emphasize how great the difference between them is.

All this can be done using the following constructions:

  1. As + adjective + as / not so(as) + adjective + as

He is as old as I am.

It is not as so/as beautiful as it used to be.


  1. Twice/three times, etc./half as + adjective + as

This dress is twice as expensive as it is on the website.


  1. The same … as

Her car is the same colour as mine.


  1. Less + adjective … than

The least + adjective … of/in

Why is this car less expensive than that one?

His las novel is the least interesting of all previous ones.


  1. The + comparative …, the + comparative

The earlier you get up, the more you will manage to do.


  1. Comparative + and + comparative

It is autumn. The temperature is getting lower and lower.


Special attention should be paid to the use of words like and as. Their meaning is different and the misuse of one of them in a sentence can lead to misunderstanding.

The word Like is used:

  1. To describe similarities: She runs like a rocket.
  2. After such words as feel, look, smell, sound, taste + существительное: It sounds like a fairytale.
  3. With nouns, pronouns and -ing forms, to speak about their similarity or difference:

No one understands me like you.

There is no place like home.

The word AS is used:

  1. To say about what an object really is (role, profession, use):

She works as a doctor. (She IS a doctor.)

He played well as an antagonist. (He did play an antagonist.)


  1. In certain expressions: as usual, as…as, as much, such as, the same as:

He is the same as we remember him.


  1. After such words as accept, be known, class, describe, refer to, regard, used:

This herb is used as a medicine in many cultures.


  1. To describe the activity by “the way like this”:

Do as they tell you.

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