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#EngVocab: Many Uses of the Word ‘Like’

This article will discuss the many, many uses of the word ‘like.’

Generally we use the word ‘like’ as a verb, to state that we are fond of something or someone.
“I like the polka dot dress.”

We can also use it as a preposition to signify similarities.
“The baby’s face is like the mother’s.”

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Let’s discuss other uses of ‘like.’

We use ‘like’ to refer to a thing or some things of the same kind.
“This is my first time coming across this flower. Have you ever seen the like?”
Lately, with social media being on the rise, ‘like’ also means the amount of positive reaction on a social media post.
E.g.: “Her YouTube channel rakes in/receives millions of views and hundreds of thousands of likes.”

There are ‘to like’ and ‘to dislike.’
To like = expressing fondness of something or someone.
“I like your dress. Very summertime vibe!”

To dislike = expressing distaste of something or someone.
“I dislike loud vehicles. They’re just too noisy.”

As a conjunction, ‘like’ can mean ‘as’ and ‘as though/as if.’
“They travel abroad monthly like (as) visiting their hometown.”
“She spends money like (as if) it grows on trees.

For this use, we inflect/modify ‘like’ to ‘alike’ and ‘unlike.’

‘Alike’ = having similar qualities.
“Her face is so alike her mother’s.”

‘Unlike’ = having different qualities.
Unlike yesterday’s cloudy weather, today we had bright, blue sky.”

We can inflect ‘like’ to ‘likely’ and ‘unlikely/not likely.’

Likely = expressing high probability.
“The match is likely to end with a draw.”

Unlikely/not likely = expressing low probability.
“The case is unlikely dropped, now that it gets public attention.”

Informal use
‘Like’ can be used as a filler and as a person’s reported reaction to something or someone.
“I was so, like, hyped up and excited.”
“I was like, ‘Why are you so obsessed with me?'”

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, 9 October 2021.

#EngTalk: ‘Like’ and ‘Literally,’ Two of the Most Overused Words
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“I feel like my whole body is aching. Like, it’s literally painful from head to toe. I’m literally dying right now. Like, I don’t even know how to like describe it.”

How do you feel about the previous passage, fellas?

I personally found it tiring, because we used so many ‘likes’ and ‘literally.’ Both words are what we call fad or trendy words and they still reign supreme until today. In fact, we might have been overusing them for maybe more than a decade.

Usually, a word became trendy or overused when there is a major event that introduced it, such as the Coronavirus pandemic. With such a worldwide impact, it’s a given that the words related to the pandemic are used a lot. ‘Lockdown,’ ‘social distancing,’ and ‘quarantine’ are amongst them. In Indonesia, we have ‘new normal’ and ‘health protocols.’

When the event is finished and the trend dies down, the initially overused words will also be used less. So, what is it about ‘like’ and ‘literally’ that we love using them so much?

Let’s start with ‘like.’ I observed that most people use it as a filler because they haven’t found the next word. It’s similar to ‘umm,’ ‘err,’ or ‘you know.’

How do we avoid using it? First, we should recognise that we are using it a lot.

I noticed that I used ‘like’ a lot when I was on online meetings. As I was not able to face my colleagues or show any hand movement to them, I felt as if I need to speak constantly to show that I was still active in the meeting. Since then, I’ve learned how to pause and arrange my thoughts before saying what I have to say. This could be done by writing down what I am going to say before the meeting starts. Not only will I make the meeting more effective, I can also deliver a clear message.

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Now, we move on to the second word, ‘literally.’ I think it’s becoming more and more unclear to us as to when we should use this word. For example, we might say, “I’m literally going to explode,” whilst we are nowhere near the possibility of an explosion. The reason we use ‘literally’ a lot is that because we are trying to find an intensifier or trying to exaggerate what we are saying but we are not sure of which word to use.

‘Literally’ is then often used alongside words with figurative meaning (Indonesian: makna kiasan), whereas it should be used to describe a literal state of something or someone.

Why do we need to be cautious with these words? Too many filler words or intensifiers will somehow weaken our points and bring about a difficulty to send our message across, especially in a professional environment.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, 17 December 2020.

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#EngVocab: Other ways of saying ‘Like’

Like is a verb which means to enjoy or approve of something or someone. e.g. “I really like Jamie Cullum.” However, there are some other ways to say ‘like’. Well, I want to share some other ways to express it. Are you ready?Check them out!

  1. Love. Meaning: to like something or someone very much.
    • Example:
      • “My brother really loves his job as a music director.”
  2. Adore. Meaning: to love someone very much, especially in an admiring or respectful way, or to like something very much.
    • Example:
      • “Kyle adores his niece.”
  3. Think the world of somebody. Meaning: to have a good opinion of someone or something.
    • Example:
      • “Luke thinks the world of  his students.”
  4. Be fond of. Meaning: to talk about someone or something that someone likes.
    • Example:
      • “She’s very fond of heavy metal.”
  5. Grow on. Meaning: start to like someone or something.
    • Example:
      • “I wasn’t sure about this album when I bought it but it’s really grown on me.”
  6. Take to somebody or something. Meaning: to start to like someone or something.
    • Example:
      • “For some reason, I just didn’t take to Chris.”
  7. Take a shine to somebody. Meaning: to like someone immediately.
    • Example:
      • “Maria thinks Albert’s taken a bit of a shine to her.”
  8. Have a weakness for. Meaning: to like something that it’s not good for them.
    • Example:
      • “Meta’s on diet, but she has a weakness for ice cream.”

That’s a wrap, fellas! Hope those some other ways of saying like will be useful for you. You might want to use them for real :)


Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, May 30, 2013

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#EngTips + #EngGame: Writing (3) – Creating Images using “like” and “as”

So, this evening some #EngTips on writing will be given, anyone ready for it?

Of course in creating a good writing, creating images through writing is quite an important element. Am I right? Images are a way of giving the reader a picture of what something is like just by using words.

Ada dua kata bahasa Inggris yang biasanya digunakan dalam membuat suatu penggambaran atau “images,” yaitu

1. Saying one thing is like something else (mengatakan suatu hal sperti suatu hal lainnya).


  • “The lights of the city shone like stars in the night sky.”
    • (“Lampu kota ini bersinar seperti bintang di malam hari.”)

Here “like stars in the night sky” gave the image of what the lights look like. Images tell you what the thing is like, not what it actually is.

Another example:

  • “The frog jumps like a ballerina.”
    • (“Katak itu lompat seperti penari ballet.”)

2. You can also use “as” in “Images sentences.”

Selain “like,” “as” juga bisa digunakan dalam hal penggambaran atau “images”.


  • “Tina walked as slow as a snail.”
    • (“Tina berjalan selambat bekicot.”)

Another example:

  • “They ate as if they had not eaten for years.”
    • (“Mereka makan seperti tidak makan bertahun-tahun.”)

The part “as if they had not eaten for years” was not actually true, but it helps readers to imagine how hungry they were. Even though images really help you in creating a beautiful writing, too much of it won’t be good either. Make sure you know when and where to put it. If you are not sure, why not show it to someone and see how they react to it.

“Semacam “shine bright like a diamond.” – @agnezrt :D

Yap that could be one example too :)

“Min @EnglishTips4U how many forms to use “as” in image sentence? What I got from examples are “as+adj+as” and “as+if”. any different?” – @sierrapritta

Based on the book that I am using for this session it does seem that “as+if” and “as+adj+as+noun” are the “as” forms in creating images in sentences.

So, what do you all think about it? Shall we practice it by a short #EngGame? Practice makes perfect. All you got to do is be as creative as possible in continuing the next sentences. Make sure it makes sense :)

Ready? Let’s start! Interesting and right answer gets an RT!


  1. “In this dark cave, the fire torch beamed like ___________ .”

  2. “Carl hugged Tina as if _________________.”

  3. “The stained glasses sparkled as ____________ as _______________.”

There you go! Will post your answers soon. :)



“”In this dark cave, the fire torch beamed like your love :”)” – @RindraRiza

“”In this dark cave, the fire torch beamed like the moon in the sky.” – @madhonn


“”Carl hugged Tina as if tomorrow never comes.” – @sierrapritta

“”Carl hugged Tina as if they’ve never met for years” – @hijabTIPS


“The stained glasses sparkled as colourful as rainbow.” – @vectoreza

“The stained glasses sparkled as bright as my idol all along.” – @ireneivankaw

Thank you for the #EngGame and #EngTips participation fellas :) Sorry could not RT you all, keep up the great work. I hope this session has been useful and give you more thoughts in writing :)

Source: Tips from CGP Book GCSE English Grammar, Game by @EnglishTips4U

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, July 9, 2013