Have you ever wanted to talk about
similarities between people or
things but were unsure what words to
have you ever wanted to...?:
¿has querido alguna vez...?;
indeciso/a, inseguro/a; what
words to use: cuáles palabras
The words “ALIKE” and “LIKE” are
easy to confuse. We use both to show
similarities between people or
things. They also sound ALIKE.
alike: del mismo modo,
similarmente, parecido; like:
como, semejante a; easy to
confuse: fáciles de confundir;
sound alike: suenan parecido;
Did you see how I used the word “alike”?
I used it as an adverb. “Alike” can
be an adverb or an adjective.
did you see how...?:
As an adverb, it means “in a similar
way”. We use it after an action verb
– a verb that expresses physical or
in a similar way: de manera
similar, similarmente; action
verb: verbo de acción (palabra
que es el centro del predicado y que
expresa una acción física o
Here is an example that is also a
Great minds think ALIKE.
It means that very intelligent
people have the same ideas at the
great minds think alike: las
grandes mentes piensan o razonan
parecido; it means that:
try to dress ALIKE.
teens: (abreviatura de "teenagers")
los adolescentes; dress alike:
One other meaning for the adverb "alike"
is “both”. We use it to talk about
two individual people or things or
two groups of people or things:
Students and teachers ALIKE
can listen to "Ask a Teacher".
both: ambos, tanto uno como
el otro; students and teachers
alike: tanto los estudiantes
como los profesores;
For this meaning, notice that the
word “alike” comes after the two
groups – students and teachers.
for this meaning: para este
significado; notice that:
observa que; comes after: le
As an adjective, “alike” means
“similar in appearance, nature or
form”. We use it after
linking verbs, such as
“be,” “look” and “sound”.
Let’s hear some examples.
appearance, nature or form:
aspecto, calidad o forma; after
linking verbs: después de verbos
conectores (be, look, sound);
let's hear: escuchemos;
You and your brother are
so much ALIKE!
Those sports cars look ALIKE.
They’re the same shape and color.
My mom and I sound
on the phone.
are so much alike: se parecen
tanto; look alike: son muy
parecidos; shape and color:
diseño y color; my mom and I:
mi mamá y yo; sound alike:
tenemos la voz parecida; on the
phone: por teléfono;
Now, let’s talk about “like.” The
main meaning we are talking about
today is as a preposition. It means
“similar to” and comes before a noun
or pronoun object. Here are some
let's talk about: hablemos
sobre; main meaning:
principal significado; as a
preposition: como preposición;
You are just LIKE your
This sports car looks a lot
LIKE that one.
I sound LIKE my mom on
just like: exactamente igual
a; looks a lot like: se
parece mucho a; I sound like my
mom: mi voz se parece mucho a la
de mi mamá;
We can use the preposition “like”
for all five senses.
for all five senses: para los
The use of "like" that often
confuses English learners is as a
When a conjunction, “like” means “as
if” or “as though” and is
how that sounds:
The plane felt LIKE it was going
that often confuses: que a
menudo confunde (a los); as if =
as though: como si; how that
sounds: como suena; felt like:
se sentía como si; it was going
to crash: fuera a estrellarse;
It means that the plane felt
as if it were going to crash.
There was probably a lot of
But, avoid this use in formal
there was probably:
probablemente había; a lot of
turbulence: mucha turbulencia;
avoid this use: evita este uso;
in formal writing: en la
I'm Alice Bryant.