Can I say: "You can apply this method to like types of problems". If not, why?

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    There's an adjective you have there. Like types = similar sorts. Unlike = different. But the sentence is good, meaning all problems of this type. – Yosef Baskin Jun 30 '17 at 18:13

Short answer: Yes.

Like can be an adjective:



  1. attributive (of a person or thing) having similar qualities or characteristics to another person or thing.
    ‘I responded in like manner’
    ‘the grouping of children of like ability together’

However, depending on your audience, I would probably be inclined to use similar instead, just because I think it's more common and less (potentially) confusing.

  • I would use "similar" in this case, too. I would even argue that this meaning of "like" is becoming obsolete. – Mike Baranczak Jun 30 '17 at 20:37

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