When we want to use AS or LIKE in the same way as ‘como’ in Spanish we have difficulties in choosing the correct option. Do the following sentences mean the same?
He works as a doctor
He works like a doctor
No, they don’t. They have a different meaning.
– to talk about the role of somebody/something.
Example: He works as a tourist guide. (He is one.)
– to mean ‘in the same way’ when followed by a subject and a verb.
You think as your father did.
Our store will open on 25 December, as we usually do.
– to talk about similarity.
Example: He knows the place like a tourist guide (but he’s not one).
– to mean ‘in the same way’ when followed by an object, or by a subject and a verb.
You think like your father.
Our store will open on 25 December, like we usually do.