Refresher no. 3 on the correct use of words

Choose the appropriate word/phrase to complete each sentence.

  1. My best friend has a pair of shoes (as, like) mine.
  2. I prefer green leafy vegetables (as, as if, like) malunggay.
  3. The hungry lad ate the chocolate voraciously (as, as if, like) he had never eaten one like it before.
  4. The student delivered his speech ( as, as if, like) a professional speaker.
  5. High school students recited the poem well (as, as if, like) their teacher did.
  6. Diligent students report on time ( as, as if, like ) their teacher tells them.
  7. My professor first joined his family in the States ( as, as if, like) a tourist.
  8. My cousin attended the alumni meeting (as, as if, like) the representative of our class.
  9. The students commended for their good performance cheered ( as, as if, like) they had won the jackpot.
  10. Children rejoice (as, as if, like) their parents do if given due recognition.


  1. like
  2. like
  3. as if
  4. like
  5. as
  6. as
  7. as
  8. as
  9. as if
  10. as


LIKE used as a preposition introduces a noun or pronoun, or a prepositional phrase. ( See sentences 1, 2, and 4).

AS may be a preposition or a conjunction depending on how it is used in the sentence.

AS used as a preposition is followed by a noun, pronoun, or prepositional phrase. (See sentences 7 and 8).

AS used as a conjunction introduces a subordinate clause. (See sentences 5, 6, and 10).

AS IF functions as a subordinate conjunction. (See sentences 3 and 9).

Take note that a subordinate clause can not stand alone as a sentence even though it has a subject and a verb.*