Is the word "like" a preposition or verb in the sentence "You made me like this."
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Without context (or the pronunciation pattern), it's hard to tell. The sentence is ambiguous - it can very well be both.
"You made me like this." with "like" as a verb would mean "You forced me/caused me to enjoy this". For example:
- I thought you didn't like eggplant?
- You made me like this! Your cooking is amazing!
"You made me like this." with "like" as a preposition would mean "You caused me to become this kind of person". For example:
- You're so mean lately!
- You made me like this! You've always been mean to me!
The second usage is much more idiomatic, and the first is somewhat awkward, but both are valid.
“Like” can mean “resemble” or “enjoy”, so You made me like this has two possible meanings:
(a) We fight all the time now. I find that I’m getting angry even at work. You made me like this.
(b) I never knew I liked asparagus until you started serving it with butter. You made me like this!
Looking at this dictionary entry, we can see that like can function as a verb, noun, preposition, adjective, or adverb, but, after examining the definitions, it looks to me like it’s functioning as a preposition in instance (a) and as a verb in instance (b). Therefore, the answer to your question really depends on the intended meaning of your sentence – which you haven’t specified.