Use of word "like"
The use of "like" e.g. "I feel like I am going to faint", is becoming increasingly prevalent, but I find it jarring. I was taught to say "I feel that I am going to faint", or "I feel as though I am going to faint", or even "I feel faint". Is there a rule about this?
The most prevelant usage states that 'like' is used when there is no verb following it.
He runs like a girl. 'Like' is used as a preposition.
If there is a clause with verb following, then 'as' or 'as if' is used as a conjunction.
I felt as if I am going to faint.
This is probably one of the most often broken rules, though. 'Like' is becoming more accepted in either case.
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