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Difference Between Such As and Like

Such As vs Like

‘Such as’ and ‘Like’ are two words that are often confused due to the striking similarity in their meanings. Strictly speaking, there is some difference between the two words. The word ‘such as’ is used indicative of ‘instances’ or ‘examples’ as in the sentences:

1. I like to eat fruits such as apple and mango.

2. Fine arts such as music and dance soothe our mind.

In both the sentences mentioned above, the word ‘such as’ is used in the sense of ‘examples’. The first sentence gives examples of fruits as apple and mango. On the other hand, the second sentence gives examples of fine arts as music and dance.

The word ‘like’ is indicative of similarity between two objects. It is important to know that this similarity arises due to comparison. Observe the two sentences:

1. Her eyes are beautiful like the lotuses.

2. He roared like a lion.

In the two sentences given above, you can see that the word ‘like’ is used in the sense of ‘similarity’. In the first sentence, you get the meaning that her eyes resemble lotuses. In the second sentence, you get the meaning that his roar resembled that of a lion. Thus, the word ‘like’ is based on resemblance. This is the important difference between the two words, namely, ‘such as’ and ‘like’.

It is interesting to note that the word ‘like’ sometimes is used in the sense of ‘desire’ as in the sentences:

1. I like roses.

2. I like to eat toasted bread.

In both the sentences, you can see that the word ‘like’ is used in the sense of ‘desire’. The meaning of the first sentence would be ‘I desire roses’, and the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘I desire to eat toasted bread’.


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