Have you ever wondered about the distinction between “like” or “such as” in your writing? Here are two phrases to consider:
. . . the answers that so-called geniuses like / such as Newton seem to embody.
. . . centuries of innovations like / such as the airplane and the space shuttle have resulted.
In these examples, “such as” is preferred over “like” because the word “like” implies comparison while “such as” implies inclusion. That means being like something doesn’t include the thing itself. [Read more…]