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  1. It might not be possible to continue the relationship as it used to be.

  2. It might not be possible to continue the relationship the way it used to be.

  3. It might not be possible to continue the relationship like it used to be.

I'm not sure whether each sentence means the same thing as the other does. I would really appreciate it if you could help me.

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All are correct and have the same meaning. #1 is the most formal wording, #3 the most informal.

  • The use of "like" as an adverb, once considered wrong, has been gradually gaining acceptance in America over the past several decades. It has not quite yet achieved "formal" status; not in the way "as" has. – Brian Hitchcock Mar 18 '15 at 8:13
  • @Brian Hitchcock - Thanks. That is exactly why #3 is the most informal. – Evelyn Mar 18 '15 at 9:04

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