For example: "Like I’m gonna lose you"

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    It would normally be written "Like, I’m gonna lose you." "Like", in this context, is an exclamation of sorts. It is, like, the most distinguishing characteristic of Valley. – Hot Licks Apr 7 '17 at 19:27
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    It could be a phatic expression (but with a comma, as Hot Licks says) or it could mean "as if". More context is needed. – Canis Lupus Apr 7 '17 at 19:48

This is a conjunctive use of like, which means as or as if. Such usage of like is considered informal / conversational.

  • What you call the 'conjunctive' use of like to introduce a comparison is not 'informal'. But I suspect this is the discourse marker like, which is not a comparator but a focusing device and is informal. – StoneyB Apr 7 '17 at 19:57

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