Monday, July 11, 2011

Like vs. As

Oops--hyper correctness!

Catch this:

Just as the Swiss Army knife, the smartphone succeeds in some occasions and fails in others.

from
Pogue's Posts: The Latest in Technology from David Pogue, the July 7, 2011, column for that blog on the New York Times website; a guest post from Nasahn Sheppard, director of industrial design at Smart Design, the company that designed the Flip camcorder
http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/how-to-design-a-hot-product/


That should be, "Just like the Swiss Army knife." When what follows is a noun, it's a straight comparison using "like."

I'd rather live with "like" as a substitute for "as" (I've done so at times), but "as" should never be used for "like."

(I'm guessing this is a half-done correction.)

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