I'm writing down few notes about a technical argument, I'm doing it also to understand them better, so in my intro I'm saying:

If you are reading this, I hope it will be useful for you like writing it was for me.

Mostrly my doubts are about the second part of the sentence:

like writing it was for me

Does it sound correct in English? There is a more correct way to express this thought?

  • It doesn't sound too off to me. Maybe include a comma: "...useful for you, like writing it was for me." – Tushar Raj Jun 9 '15 at 8:24

I would probably say "I hope that reading this will be as useful for you as writing it was for me."

  • Yeah, having an 'if' in there sounds weird since it is obviously the case. Saying "if" when assuming a positive response is not uncommon in other languages, but it sounds off in English. For reasons I can't articulate, this sentence definitely requires an 'as' comparison instead of a 'like' comparison. – Jason Bray Jan 5 '16 at 14:24

I don't think many people would quibble about the grammaticality of the slight rewrite

If you are reading this, I hope it will be useful for you, as writing it was for me.

This usage note from Collins English Dictionary seems to license the version with 'like':

It was [once] thought that as rather than like should be used to mean 'in the same way that', but now both as and like are acceptable: they hunt and catch fish as/like their ancestors used to.

The difference is that in the Collins example, the reading may well be that the methods rather than the hunting / fishing societies are being said to be comparable. Perhaps in OP's example 'like' is being stretched a little too far for some people.

  • Sorry for pinging you here - don't know how else to do it! Are you going to sign-on to Linguistics Beta, where your Grice/Sperber & Wilson post is living so that people can message you? – Araucaria - Not here any more. Jun 8 '15 at 17:02
  • Thanks for your answer @Edwin, as non-native English speaker I'm always worried that my sentences sound too "exotic". Beside the 'like/as', do you think my sentence sounds right? – mucio Jun 8 '15 at 17:03
  • Perhaps I'd try to choose a way of saying it that didn't emphasise the mechanics of writing when you mean the whole process. If you are reading this, I hope it will be as useful for you as crystallising my thoughts in writing was for me. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 8 '15 at 18:48
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – Barmar Jun 9 '15 at 19:33

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