I read this sentence on a webpage.

The shop has almost like a club-house atmosphere to it, which is what we wanted, with a sofa in the middle of the store and bench seating outside.

I know 'like' is a preposition in the sentences such as 'This podium spot feels almost like a victory.' and 'It's almost like a habit.'.

I wonder what part of speech the word in bold 'like' is in the above context.

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In the context of the example, the part-of-speech of like is an adjective-combining-form. These are relatively rare.

The structure of the sentence should combine like and club-house as

The shop has a clubhouselike atmosphere to it....[etc.]

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    Would it not be better to hyphenate the adjective? Don’t you think “almost” is also part of it? Feb 5, 2022 at 9:31
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    I'm uncertain about the rules for hyphenating adjectival combining forms. My opinion is that it ought to be written as I have it. "Almost" is not part of it, although there is an adjectival combining form which we might use in place of "almost", and thus write "quasi-clubhouselike"—but as one can see, that would be redundant, as "almost/quasi" and "like" have very similar meanings. (I shall edit my original proposal to remove "almost".)
    – J. Berry
    Feb 5, 2022 at 9:39

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