Can we say "quite" before "like" when we say "like" to mean "similar to"? For example, can we say sentences like these:

  1. His son is quite like him.
  2. He is quite like an actor.
  3. Life is quite like a joke.
  4. This is quite like a dream.

Note: I saw native English speakers use "quite" like that, but I just wanted to make sure here.

  • Yes this is how you'd use it. You can use other quantifiers (of like) as well, eg: 'a bit', 'somewhat', 'very'. Why do you think it wouldn't be correct?
    – mcalex
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 14:41
  • @mcalex Thanks. I just couldn't be completely sure. That's why I asked. I don't think "very" can be used by the way. Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 15:05
  • Shakespeare and Ogden Nash thought it could be used that way. "Very like a whale" was a meme long before the word "meme" was coined. Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 15:55

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Yes, I have heard those phrases used in that way and have used them myself.

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