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A question from Srinivas: How do you use the words "as" and "like" in English?

Teacher Paul: If you are asking about the use of the words "as" and "like" when in comes to making comparisons, there are a few small differences between them. Look at the examples below:

as – The word "as" goes on either side of an adjective:

  • Riding this scooter is as easy as riding a bike.
  • He speaks English as well as any American.

like – The word "like" is used with a noun:

  • This scooter rides like a bike.
  • He speaks English like an American.

A question from Asmah: Which one of these sentences is correct: "Two glasses of water is needed," or "Two glasses of water are needed."

Teacher Paul: The second sentence is correct. The subject in the sentence is plural (glasses); therefore, a plural verb is required (are).

A question from Nguyen: Can you explain to me how to use "right"?

Teacher Paul: The word "right" has many different meanings.

1. right = correct. Your answer is right.

2. right = a sense of what is just or fair. It’s just not right to steal from other people.

3. right = a legal provision that protects people. It’s my right to protest if I think the government is wrong.

4. right = the opposite of left. I use my right hand for writing.

I’m sure there are a few I’m missing. I’ll add more if I think of them.


A question from Nada: How do I answer the questions and quizzes on the website?

Teacher Paul: You must write the answers by hand in your notebook. It’s a good idea to write out some of the questions too. When studying English, it’s necessary for you to write!