I want to know the difference between these 2 sentences.

  1. As a mother, I warn you.

  2. Like a mother, I warn you.


The first sentence is spoken by someone who is a mother. It could be rephrased "I am a mother and I warn you", They are speaking from the point of view of a mother.

The second sentence is saying "If I were a mother I would warn you" the speaker is not necessarily a mother or even female. They are saying what they think a mother would say.

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  • So the first sentence is like " I'm a mother and therefore i warn you" and second sentence is like "I'm not a mother, but I'm warning you as if i was a mother – Anungoo Goo Aug 12 '19 at 8:15
  • Yes, that is correct. – Peter Jennings Aug 12 '19 at 8:19
  • So that "therefore" is correct? – Anungoo Goo Aug 12 '19 at 8:20
  • Yes, you could also say "Speaking as a mother, I warn you". It is speaking from having the of experience of being a mother. – Peter Jennings Aug 12 '19 at 8:30
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    @AnungooGoo The second sentence (unlike the first) doesn't say if the person is a mother or not. So, stop trying to give it a negative meaning (that the person is not a mother). It simply says the person is issuing a warning in the same way that mothers do. – Jason Bassford Aug 12 '19 at 9:05

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