Explanation of "like"
"'Like' is used as a preposition, telling where, when or how the noun in the sentence is doing whatever it may be doing."
This does not seem right. If it is, does anyone have any examples of this?
I just didn't want to feel like I was wasting my time trying to go back to school and having to start from scratch.
Like is a preposition. It means having the same characteristics as; similar to:
Sarah looks like her mom.
Grammarly Answers had a contest back in April 2011 on the "Misuse of like or as". The contest is over, but there are some good examples of how to use like correctly.
In your sentence, Sam, like should be as if or as though.
|link comment||answered Jun 19 '12 at 00:50 Jody M. Expert|
"Like" is not a preposition. There are cases where it may be, but I can't think of any of them. In the sentence you volunteered, it looks like it behaves like a complement rather than anything prepositional. A test for this can include seeing if one sentence is embedded in another."I just didn't want to feel." and "I was wasting my time..." are two separate sentences, and neither is subordinating.
Another test for complements is whether you can substitute a word that you know is a complement for "like". So, "I just didn't want to feel that I was wasting..." It's not as good as "like", but it's still grammatical, which is the point.
Some more information on like and other complements can be found here:http://people.brandeis.edu/~smalamud/ling100/f09-outline-syntax2.pdf
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In the sentence above, "like" could be a preposition, but may not be used in that way. It can be used to compare things, but it can also be used to embed sentences in other sentences, much like the way "that" is used. As for as preferring one over the other, it depends on the type of meaning you're trying to convey. Do you not want to feel like you're wasting your time, or do you not want to feel that you're wasting your time?
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