In this week’s Thought for Thursday post we would like to talk about the word ‘like’.
Although this word is currently most ubiquitous as a stand alone phenomena that appears at the bottom of many a social media pages or posts such as this one, today we are going to focus on 4 of its uses within a sentence.
- A formal way to say ‘want’ or ‘desire’ (would+like)
- To express that we find something agreeable enjoyable or satisfactory (like+gerund or noun)
- To connect a verb and a noun and express the idea ‘in the manner of’ (action verb+like+noun).
- To express similarity in appearance or characteristics (look/sound/smell/taste+like+noun)
To help you remember these, below is a short poem, courtesy of our neighbour Gregory, who last week composed a tune to accompany his creation and has been singing it very loudly (and slightly out of tune might we add) ever since.
See if you can spot the different ways he’s used ‘like’, as well as the one he hasn’t used but can be found elsewhere in this post.
I do like exploring the streets of Milwaukee*
On the back of my horse** which I ride like a jockey
And be certain my horse doesn’t look like pig
It’s not round and short, it’s majestic and big.
*for all of you in Milwaukee reading this and about to run out to the street to see if you can catch a glimpse of Gregory, sorry to shatter your illusions but Gregory has never been to Milwaukee.
**neither does he have a horse.