`look to `as`
it looks like Soju found a dead dog.
However, the computer said i need to change to--
It looks as Soju found a dead dog.
It looks like Soju found a dead dog.
Your use of "like" is wrong -- that is, if you are an extremely conservative grammarian. Here is what Grammar Girl (http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com) has to say about this issue: The background is that traditionally like is a preposition and as is a conjunction. Nevertheless, people have been using like as if it were a conjunction [as in Catherine's question] for at least 100 years, and grammarians have been raging against that use for just as long. In fact, the Harper Dictionary of Contemporary Usage states that “probably no single question of usage has created greater controversy in recent years” than the conjunctive use of like.
Grammarly takes a conservative, British English view of like versus as. In Grammarly's view, the sentence should be It looks as if Soju found a dead dog.
However, I personally agree with Sanjay. The ship sailed on the like/as battle long ago. Even the Oxford English Dictionary now includes like as a conjunction, albeit for informal use.
I hope this helps.
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