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I think that 'like' in this sentence means 'about'. Then, what is the difference between 'like' and 'about'?

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  • "like" seems to take over more and more meanings. But I think this use of like for about + number is rare, if not wrong, and I would not imitate it. But The Free Dictionary has registered this usage in like 2, adverb, no. 3: like meaning nearly, approximately. Seems to be usage in AmE.
    – rogermue
    Feb 4 '16 at 9:02
  • And this use of "like" seems to be a relatively new usage. Oald doesn't have this usage, neither in BrE nor in AmE.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/like_1
    – rogermue
    Feb 4 '16 at 9:08
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It might mean "about", or it might mean other things. It is a common filler word in colloquial speech (especially young people), and is usually rather vague in meaning.

Many older people disapprove of its use.

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Sure, it can mean about, and in this sentence we can say it does. However, it's not grammatically correct, and should be avoided unless you want to sound like a teenager.

I could go on and on, but here: I googled it

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  • There's nothing ungrammatical about it.
    – Colin Fine
    Feb 4 '16 at 11:28
  • @ColinFine It isn't correct grammar. It's commonly used this way, but it's slang. Feb 5 '16 at 19:25
  • I am not interested in the purely social judgment implied by the word "correct". I say that there is nothing ungrammatical about it.
    – Colin Fine
    Feb 7 '16 at 2:27
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    You say grammatical, I say grammahtical. xkcd.com/1483 Feb 8 '16 at 19:40

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