The Difference between LIKE and ALIKE

Like or Alike - What's the difference between alike and like?


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1. Like

  • Like as a preposition meaning ‘similar to
  • We often use it with to be and verbs of the senses such as look, sound, feel, taste, seem

For example:

He looks like his father. (He looks similar to/the same as his father.)

This tastes like coconut. (This tastes similar to/the same as coconut.)

  • Noun + be + like + Noun

Your bag is like my bag.

  • Like + noun, + clause

Like his father, he is a technician.

  • Like + pronoun

 I have a hat like yours.

  • When we use like to mean ‘similar to’, we can put words and phrase such as a bit, just, very, so and more before it to talk about the degree of similarity

The car was more like a green than a blue color.

2. Alike

  • Alike as an adjective means ‘the same’ or ‘similar
  • As an adjective, alike is only used after a verb such as be, seem, look, but not before a noun

For example:

My two friends are alike. (My two friends are the same.)

His ideal and her ideal are quite similar, but they are not totally alike. (His ideal and her ideal are quite similar, but they are not totally the same.)

  • Noun and Noun + be + alike/Plural Noun + be + alike

Your bag and my bag are alike.

These bags are alike.

  • As an adverb alike means ‘in the same way

I don’t think you treat both children alike.


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