"She is not smart like you."

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1) "They cannot speak English well like us."

2) "She is not smart like you."

 

1) means they cannot but we can speak English well.

2) means she is not smart but you are smart.

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3) "They cannot speak English well, like us."

4) "She is not smart, like you."

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3.1) "Like us, they cannot speak English well."

4.1) "Like you, she is not smart."

 

3) and 3.1) mean we cannot speak English either.

4) and 4.1) mean you are not smart either.

 

Do you agree that the comma and the location of "like" make meanings different? Thank you so much as usual for your time and help.

asked Oct 10 '12 at 04:37 Hans Contributor

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Your understanding of the meaning is correct.

 

For the meaning of 4) and 4.1), however, it would be better to write She is not smart either, because the additional, second piece of information is about her, not you.

 

You are not smart; neither is she. = She is not smart either. = Like you, she is not smart.

link comment answered Oct 10 '12 at 06:36 Peter Guess Expert

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