I want to ask a question. In this sentence, should it be "as if" or "like"? It sounded wrong to me.

"You may not be doing what you feel as if you're called to do right now."


"You may not be doing what you feel like what you're called to do right now."

or any better way to write it?

The sentence refers to God's calling for us, taken from Cornelius Lindsey's Instagram post.

full link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtttBXg0Cm/

Thank you so much!

  • Your two sentences don't have a parallel construction. The first uses you're called and the second uses what you're called. Like you're called to do means something quite different from like what you're called to do. So, it's not possible to equate as if with like as you've written the sentences. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Dec 25 '18 at 10:43
  • @melissa tanuwijaya You may find it better to post your question on our site for English language learners: ell.stackexchange.com – We are Monica. Dec 25 '18 at 11:51

Like’ is a preposition. 'As if' is a conjunction. One uses the former if it is followed by a noun and the latter if it is followed by a verb or clause. There is a subtlety though.

According to Garner’s Modern American Usage, the use of 'like' as a conjunction was considered nonstandard in the past, but now it is acceptable in informal English.

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