The Proper Use of the Comparative Words ‘Like’ and ‘As’ Within a Descriptive Sentence

In a Thanksgiving episode of her humorously informative grammar series, the very knowledgeable and witty Mary Norris aka “The Comma Queen” explained the proper use of the comparative words “like” and “as” within a descriptive sentence.

We’re going to talk about like and as. Like is a preposition and it’s followed by a noun or pronoun or a noun phrase. If you have something longer that contains a verb that you want to use as a comparison then you have to use as.