I was told that saying Like I said isn't grammatically correct although it is used a lot. That we should use As I said instead. Is it true?

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Like I said is much more informal than As I said, but the former isn't ungrammatical. In formal writing you may prefer to use as, but in speech or less formal writing like is fine.

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    However, in formal writing, you aren't saying; you're writing. So the more likely outcome is something like As I pointed out in Chapter 3, Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 16:00
  • @JohnLawler Yes, it's interesting to read "Like I said ..." or "Remember when I said ..." in writing; they always mean "Like I wrote ..." or "Remember when I wrote ..." but few writers actually do this. Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 20:13
  • Well, part of good writing is taking care not to breach the First Wall and allow the reader to become aware that they're reading symbols off something and not listening to that little voice in their head. Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 20:26

The increasing use of "like" pushing away "as" (expressing comparison) - especially in colloqial language - may be explained with the fact that the function word "as" has too many meanings.

  • I'm convinced it is related rather to foreign speakers - in many languages unlike English "like" and "as" are the same word(and I think "how" as well) Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 9:34

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