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belongedto

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Chinese
(Lisa and Tim are talking about 72-hour emergency kit)
Lisa: What about money? I have a credit card.
Tim: Right. Like that's going to help when the power is out. You'd better be prepared with coins and cash, and having small bills is a must.
Source: Randall’s ELS CYBER LISTENING LAB-General ESL Listening Quizzes-Difficult-72-hour Emergency Kit

What part of speech is "like"? What does it mean?
 
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    It doesn't mean much at all. It's like 'well', which could also introduce a sentence like that, except that 'like' is derisive or dismissive. I'm tempted to call it an interjection, as it has no grammatical function there.
     
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