Such As vs Like

Such as is inclusive whereas like implies comparison.

Such As

I like the new animation movies such as Ice Age and Rio.
(I like Ice Age and Rio.)

I do like some science classes such as physics and math.
(Physics and math are included in the science classes that I like.)


Like (in this context) means similar to and is used for comparison.

I have been to cities like Los Angeles.
(I may have not been to Los Angeles but may be another city like it; a city that is as busy, as popular, etc.)

More Examples

Cannot use "like" in the following sentence.

I have been to some great cities in California such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
(I have been to those two great cities in California.)
(It wouldn't make much sense to use "like" here since we are not comparing.)

Cannot use "such as" in the following sentence.

Captain America was another superhero movie like Spider-Man and Superman.
(A movie that is similar to the other two)
(Cannot use "such as" since we are making a comparison.)
Captain America was another superhero movie such as Spider-Man and...

Sentence below would be an appropriate "such as version":
They made some great superhero movies in the past such as Captain America, Spider-Man or Superman.

In some cases "like" and "such as" can be used interchangeably.
(correct but with different meanings)

1. A man like Dr. Kimble will always be remembered.
(Men similar to Dr. Kimble; as successful, as popular or as extraordinary)

2. A man such as Dr. Kimble will always be remembered.
(This sentence puts emphasis particularly on Dr. Kimble.)
(Dr. Kimble will be remembered.)

Also See:

So...That / Such...That



What’s New on GrammarBank:

  1. Irrelevant Sentences in Paragraph Exercises

    Apr 21, 18 02:55 PM

    GrammarBank - Identify the irrelevant sentences in the given passages. Prepare to exams like TOEFL, IELTS, KET, PET reading skills preparation

  2. Closest in Meaning Exercises - ESL EFL

    Apr 21, 18 02:54 PM

    Find the sentences that are closest in meaning exercises help ESL EFL students improve their reading and understanding skills and prepare for exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, PET, KET, BEC Preliminary...

  3. Reading Comprehension Worksheets K12 - ESL - TOEFL - IELTS

    Apr 21, 18 02:52 PM

    Improve your reading comprehension skills while learning new facts from interesting passages. ESL, TOEFL, IELTS, 2nd 3rd 4th 5th grade, K12 readings

  4. Sentence Completion Exercises - GrammarBank

    Apr 21, 18 02:51 PM

    Prepare for major tests such as GRE, SAT etc. English sentence completion exercises to practice your English and prepare for exams

  5. Essay Writing Tips

    Apr 21, 18 02:48 PM

    Tips on essay writing; introduction, thesis, body paragraphs and conclusion checklist. Sample essay format and outline, printable MLA format, proofreading, plagiarism, citing quotations...

  6. Crossword and WordSerch For Kids / ESL

    Apr 21, 18 02:46 PM

    English teaching games, printable crossword and wordsearch vocabulary activities for kids, preschoolers or older ESL students.

  7. Elementary Tests - PET / KET Practice

    Apr 21, 18 02:44 PM

    Basic English test questions for those who are just learning English, prepare for exams like KET, PET or ESL

  8. Verb Tenses Chart - GrammarBank

    Apr 21, 18 02:42 PM

    Verb tenses timeline with explanations and example sentences - Simple tenses, progressive tenses, perfect tenses

  9. Multiple Choice Grammar Quizzes - GrammarBank

    Apr 21, 18 02:40 PM

    Printable & Online multiple choice grammar quiz questions with answers for teachers and students-- 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, ESL students

  10. English Grammar Exercises - GrammarBank

    Apr 21, 18 02:37 PM

    Printable & Online grammar exercises for ESL, EFL, K12 level - 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade elementary school level