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I was wondering if the comma was put in the correct place in the sentence below.

"These creatures have been shown to face negative consequences, like death."

Additionally, I was wondering if I should use is or are in this sentence.

"Most creatures, like the one that has been accounted, is/are a bit stubborn"

Thank you very much.

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    Yes, "like" is a preposition here as head of the adjunct "like death". It's normal to separate such adjuncts with punctuation such as a comma or a dash. Likewise, in your second example, the like phrase is an adjunct - a supplement that is not part of the subject. The plural noun "creatures" is head of the subject noun phrase, so the verb should be the plural "are".
    – BillJ
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 14:57
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    The comment by BillJ is correct, but I would like to add that the phrase, "like the one that has been accounted," is not idiomatic (not something that a native English speaker is likely to say), so you may wish to choose a different word than "accounted," and consider whether "most creatures are stubborn" is true. Alternatively you could say, for instance, "Many creatures, like the one mentioned above, are a bit stubborn." Welcome to EL&U! Be sure to visit the Help Center by clicking on the question-mark button on the top right of this page. Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 15:16

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Contributor BillJ addressed this eloquently in his comment as follows:

Yes, "like" is a preposition here as head of the adjunct "like death". It's normal to separate such adjuncts with punctuation such as a comma or a dash. Likewise, in your second example, the like phrase is an adjunct - a supplement that is not part of the subject. The plural noun "creatures" is head of the subject noun phrase, so the verb should be the plural "are".

I would like to add that the phrase, "like the one that has been accounted," is not idiomatic (not something that a native English speaker is likely to say), so you may wish to choose a different word than "accounted," and consider whether "most creatures are stubborn" is true. Alternatively you could say, for instance, "Many creatures, like the one mentioned above, are a bit stubborn."

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