English as a Second Language/Meaning


Dear Shannon,
Is there any difference in meaning between

- As you like.
- As you like it.

Are both correct? What are the situations of each one?

Thanks & best regards,
Antoine Ghannoum

Yes, the first one, "as you like," would be more for certain actions the listener has decided to take.

"I'm going to cancel my doctor's appointment."
"(Do) As you like.  But remember, if you start getting a sore throat next week, you could be in trouble."

In the second one, "as you like it," would be more for an object or situation.  

"What's for breakfast?"
"Toast and an egg."
"Is the egg fried?"
"Yes, with the yolk broken and fried completely through.  As you like it."

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Shannon Cole


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I have taught ESL and Spanish since 1998 at the university and middle school levels. I am a native of the U.S., and have taught in both the U.S. and Mexico.

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Georgia TESOL in Action (1999)

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