Suppose, in an English language written exam, there is a question which asks to write a formal report comparing two maps (which are given in the question paper). (note: I have attached the maps here, please check).

Both the maps are for SAME island, showing past and present condition of the island. While writing the report, in the first paragraph I have written about what things were on the island in the past. I have written -

There were some trees on both sides of the island.

I also have written some other things in the first paragraph. In total 2-3 sentences in the first paragraph.

In the 2nd paragraph, I have written about all the things/improvements which can be seen from the present map of the island.

In the 2nd paragraph, I talked about the houses, pear [pier], swimming area, foothpath etc. After that I talked about trees like this -

The trees on the right portion are still there as before.

By "as before", I meant "as/like in the previous (past) map" .

Someone told me that, "as before" is WRONG. The correct usage is "as like before". --

The trees on the right portion are still there as like before.

I am not sure which one is correct?

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    as before,like before,as like before are all pretty much equal semantically, but the first is much more common, and in practice the last is almost never used. I think whoever told you that "as before" is WRONG doesn't know what they're talking about. Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 16:51
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    As like before is overkill. As means like; use one or the other, not both. Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 16:54
  • so both "as before" and "like before" are correct while writing Formal report in english language exam? Is there any difference between their usage in sentence?
    – doe
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 17:10
  • I"d say "as before" is right, "like before" isn't exactly right but (unfortunately) rather common, and "as like before" is wrong. Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 2:48
  • Hi, thanks a lot everyone. Just want to know that - is your first language English?
    – doe
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 10:35

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"As like before" is incorrect.

  • I tried to change the -1 to +1(useful) many times, but not working
    – doe
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 18:00
  • Hahaha, no worries man.
    – user190177
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 18:30
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    This answer is downvoted because StackExchange answers should explain, not merely tell. Why is "as like before" incorrect? For example, you could compare the prevalence of the phrases in a large corpus, or compare the difference between as and as like. I strongly encourage you to take the site tour and review the help center.
    – choster
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 19:52

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