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D00M
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 6:57:19 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

As with countable nouns, though, we can sometimes use the definite article the:

“I can’t stand watching the news.”
“Can you believe the arrogance he exhibits?”
Source: https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Concrete-and-Abstract-Nouns.htm

Can we use 'like' instead of 'as with' in the above?



I am looking forward to your answers.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 7:48:36 AM

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As with is shorter than just like with ;-)

If you write "Like countable nouns", you are expected to continue the sentence some other way. "Like countable nouns, uncountable nouns can some times include the definite article, if they are treated as a countable noun."

I like beer." Can I have a beer, please?"


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NKM
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 12:28:34 PM

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D00M wrote:
Can we use 'like' instead of 'as with' in the above?


Simply put, no. You may hear "like" instead of "as with" in informal speech, but the fact that some people say it that way doesn't make it right.

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