Does this mean that "I don't do it, and you don't do it", or "i don't do it, and you do it"?

And what does "I won't do it like you don't" mean?

I'm so confused.

2 Answers 2


I won't do it like you do.

The meaing is

I will not do it like you do.
I will not follow your example.

An example:

I see you include no comments in your C++ code. That's bad. I won't do it like you do. I will always comment my code so that other programmers could understand it.

But note that the use of the pronoun it could indicate two slightly different meanings

  1. I will not do the thing(s) you do.
  2. I will do the thing(s) you do, but in a different way.
  • I see, so it means "you do something, and i won't do the same thing."
    – ringord
    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:19
  • @aborealscene: yes Nov 23, 2014 at 7:20
  • The meaning is that 'I will do it, but I'll do it differently from the way that you do it.'. See Khan's answer for a fuller explanation.
    – Steve Ives
    Jul 10, 2015 at 21:33

My way of doing it is different from yours.

It doen't at all mean what the OP understands. The word "like" has been used as a conjunction in the sentence, which means "in the same way or manner as". So "I won't do it like you do" means that I won't do it in the same way as you do.


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