Comparison of ‘As’ and ‘Like’, Usage of ‘Look’, ‘Seem’, and ‘Appear’

As and Like

Both words have similar meanings, but with some differences:

As: To indicate someone or something’s function or role.

She works as a nurse.

As far as I know, she will take the Spanish course.

Like: To show resemblance or provide examples.

My friend looks like a famous film star, Mel Gibson.

This summer I took courses like chess, karate, swimming.

Look, Seem, Appear

These words are used to describe appearance or perception.

Look: To appear in a certain way.

He looks very tired.

Seem: To give the impression of being.

He seems really intelligent.

Appear: To become visible or noticeable.

I appeared really tired.

They can also be used with the “as if” structure to indicate a resemblance or assumption.

He looks as if he has understood.

It seems as if the engine needs maintaining.

Look at the phrases in bold below:

  1. Sharen has two jobs: She is a swimming teacher and a class teacher in a state school. As a teacher, she is very tactful, but as a swimming teacher, she is so strict.
  2. John is a shop owner. He wanted to be a teacher before, but he couldn’t. Now he behaves towards his workers like a teacher.

In the examples above, ‘as a teacher’ indicates her role, while ‘like a teacher’ shows his behavior.

She has a part-time job as a waitress in a restaurant on the weekend.

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