After a wonderful holiday, all my batteries are fully charged, including the powerful Inner Grammar Nazi.
I enjoy activity holidays as much as anybody. My chosen activities are sitting and reading, interrupted by gentle strolls and leisurely meals.
Over the last two weeks I’ve read six books. They were all good reads, otherwise I wouldn’t have finished them, but several were marred by a most irritating and increasingly frequent grammatical error, and that is the incorrect use of ‘like’ and ‘as if’, which makes me want to stamp my feet and smack the writer over the knuckles with a ruler. Does anybody else feel the same or am I being over-sensitive?
In simple terms, it’s “like” before a noun, “as if” before a clause.
“He looked like a monkey.” “He looked as if a monkey had cut his hair.”
“It looked like chocolate.” “It looked as if the chocolate had melted.”
“She looked like a million dollars.” “She looked as if she’d won a million dollars.”
Nobody would write “He looked as if a monkey.” or “It looked as if chocolate.” Would they?
So why do people get it wrong? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr