a big city <like/as> Boston

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Lachelle

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Portuguese - Brazil
Hi,


Which should I use in this sentence, like or as:

If I could, I would live in a big city like/as New York, Boston.

Thanks
 
  • Fabulist

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    American English
    But in AE at least, we would not say "in a big city as New York or Boston." Note that if you are going to list two or more, you need an "or."

    "in as big a city as New York, London, or Paris."

    You can also use "and," but then you need to rearrange the comparison"

    "in a city as big as New York, Tokyo, and Moscow."

    This is probably a better way to put it anyway, and you can use "or" here, too:

    "in a city as big as New York or Boston."
     

    Loob

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    English UK
    Which should I use in this sentence, like or as:

    If I could, I would live in a big city like/as New York, Boston.
    Hi Lachelle

    Of your original choices, definitely "like": ... a big city like New York or Boston.
     

    JamesM

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    I would choose "like" if you mean that those are two cities that are either potential destinations for you or have qualities similar to the type of city you would like to live in.

    Fabulist did a great job of laying out the use of "as". I agree with the others that "a big city as Boston" doesn't work.
     
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