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I was trying to mock one of my friends saying "Unlike you, I do not have this trait" but then I thought, I should have said "Like you, I do not have this trait". Till now, it seems to me that both are correct. The first one expresses that "you have this trait but I do not have" and the second one expresses "I do not have this trait like you have".

So am I correct in this interpretation? Or is there a better way to say it?

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Let's simplify by removing the negative.

Like you, I have blue eyes.

means you have blue eyes and so do I.

Unlike you I have blue eyes

means I have blue eyes and you do not.

So

Unlike you I do not have this trait

means I do not have this trait, but you do.

Like you I do not have this trait

means neither of us has it.

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