Author Topic: like vs. as if it was  (Read 4062 times)

Offline azz

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like vs. as if it was
« on: October 31, 2016, 11:22:51 am »
Can one say
a. He punched Jeff in the face like a punching bag.

(meaning: ... as if Jeff was a punching bag)

b. He was shooting arrows at my door like a target.
(meaning: ... as if it was a target)

c. He kept tapping his fingers on his desk like a piano.

(meaning: ... as if it was a piano)

d. He kept giving me orders like his servant.

(meaning:... as if I was his servant)
?

Many thanks.

Offline Darryl

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Re: like vs. as if it was
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2016, 10:02:34 pm »
I think I prefer the as if versions. Especially the last one.