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Context: I have started to write a blog post about my recent road trip.

Difficulty: I was desperate to go for a trip and in that desperation, the planning was not up to the mark. My previous trip also began the same way. To highlight this fact, in the 'Prelude' section, I wrote a sentence as below:

Alike my previous trip, this one was chalked out of desperation.

  1. My proof-reader thinks that 'Alike' is not the right word, should be 'Akin'
  2. I thought of using 'Similar' but that doesn't seem right either

Any inputs?

  • include the definitions of alike and akin in your question please. – lbf Aug 7 '18 at 13:32
  • Check the different dictionary definitions / usage notes for like and alike (your example uses the wrong one! :) – FumbleFingers Aug 7 '18 at 13:33
  • @FumbleFingers So, should it be 'Like' or ...? – Kaliyug Antagonist Aug 7 '18 at 13:37
  • See What are the differences between 'like' and 'alike'?, which was closed when asked previously on ELU. Probably because it's considered "Too Basic" here, but I certainly wouldn't have voted to close your question if it had been asked on English Language Learners. – FumbleFingers Aug 7 '18 at 13:54
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There are several options, which are pretty much equivalent in meaning, though there might be differences in style.

  1. Like my previous trip, ... is fairly informal
  2. Akin to my previous trip, ... sounds a bit highfalutin. Needs to after it
  3. As [with] my previous trip, ... similar to option 1

There are undoubtedly more possibilities, but these are the ones I would consider. Depending on the style of your blog post I would probably go for the first one.

Oh, and alike is not an option here.

  • As with my previous trip. I don't think you can just use as alone like that. – Peter Shor Aug 7 '18 at 13:41
  • @PeterShor I think it depends how the sentence continues (As my previous trip, this was just a disaster.), but yes, this might be a further option. – Oliver Mason Aug 7 '18 at 13:48

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