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

  • "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

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.


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

  • 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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