November 11, 2011 - Word of the Day: alike
When things or people are similar, we say that they are "alike." Watch the video below:
Lemons and limes are similar in some ways. They are both sour and they have similar shapes. However, a lemon is yellow and a lime is green. They also have a slightly different taste.
Lemons and limes are alike.
You can also use "like" when making comparisons, but pay attention to the word order.
- Dogs are like wolves.
- Dogs and wolves are alike.
- A pencil is like a pen.
- A pencil and a pen are alike.
- A bush is like a tree.
- A bush and a tree are alike.
You can use "alike" if the differences are small. If the differences are large, use "not" in front of "alike."
- Those two people are not alike. One is very tall and the other is very short.
- A watermelon and a cherry are not alike. They are two very different pieces of fruit.
- A car is not like a bus at all. One is used for personal transportation while the other is used for mass transit.
You can also use the prefix "un."
- Those two people are unalike.
- A watermelon and a cherry are unalike.
- A car and a bus are unalike.
Note: If you have to make the negative, it's easier to use "not."
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