Example sentence:

You have no reason to come out of your apartment, just like/as I have no reason to go in.

Should it be like or as? And why?

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    We use just as when comparing two situations. Just like would be more appropriate when comparing the physical appearance of two things. May 17, 2022 at 14:45
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    Just like sounds less formal than just as, but is perfectly understandable (at least to this US English speaker).
    – stangdon
    May 17, 2022 at 16:24

1 Answer 1


Technically, because there is a verb after like/as (go in), you should use the conjunction as:

You have no reason to come out your apartment, just as I have no reason to go in.

Like is typically used to compare two things. For example:

Your apartment looks like my brother's apartment.

That said, in spoken American English, like has become a very common informal choice, even though it's technically incorrect. What that means is you are very likely to hear people use like when speaking, but you will probably see as used in written English since it is the correct choice.

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