like as

inertia

Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Dear native speakers,

The olfactory powers of humans are nothing like as fine as those possessed by certain animals...

In the above sentence, are the words "like as" used correctly?

I think maybe "like" should be removed?

Thanks.

inertia
 
  • sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Hello,

    The sentence is fine. It becomes incorrect if we remove "like".

    "Nothing like" = "Not at all".

    The "like" goes with the "nothing", not with the "as": "The olfactory powers of humans are nothing like as fine as those possessed by certain animals." The "as ... as" structure tells us that this is a comparison.
     

    siares

    Senior Member
    Slovak
    Hello,
    is this the same please when the negative is swapped, from
    is nothing
    to
    isn't anything?
    The olfactory powers of humans aren't anything like as fine as those possessed by certain animals...

    Thank you.
     

    siares

    Senior Member
    Slovak
    Thank you very much sound shift.
    Like to the OP, it sounds wrong to me with like, I have to learn this construction.
    Thank you for locating my post!
     
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