Commonly Confused Word Pairs: Like/such as II

June 8, 2006: Issue 142

The phrase “such as” introduces a specific example:
A vintage piece, such as this 1948 dresser, adds instant character.
He’s a fan of midcentury touches, such as the low-slung sofa in the family room.

The word “like” introduces a comparison:
She searched for a vintage dresser like her neighbor’s.
He bought a midcentury sofa like the low-slung model in Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s apartment.

Note that “such as” includes the words that follow. A 1948 dresser is a vintage piece; a low-slung sofa is a midcentury touch. “Like,” on the other hand, excludes the words that follow. She wasn’t actually looking for her neighbor’s dresser; he didn’t buy the sofa from the I Love Lucy set.

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