She caught a cold. So, she got a sick leave.

He is dizzy now and asking a sick leave.

I come up with two possible answers below.

Answer 1 : But it isn't the case like she got a cold. (the case means just her getting a cold)

Answer 2 : But it isn't the case like he seems to get discriminated. (He can't get a sick leave and this seems like discrimination against him)

But conjunction "like" means quite differenct in each case.

I'm worrying if I should have put a comma before 'like' to mean what each answer is supposed to mean.

Is there any grammatical error, like missing comma, in both answers?

or is it only matter of interpretation to see conjunction "like" mean which?

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    You give two answers, but what are the questions you are answering? I would start with removig the case anyway, because that's really too much. It isn't like you need to add that to your sentence.
    – oerkelens
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 8:57
  • I was typing something similar to @oerkelens's comment. Using the case like in your Answer 1 and Answer 2 is dubious to me. Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 8:58

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"it isn't the case like..." is not meaningful English.

I think the idiom "it's not like ..." is what you are looking for.

  1. But it's not like she's got the flu (she's only got a runny nose)

  2. He's asking for leave, but it's not like they are going to give it to him (it's unlikely)


  1. He feels like they are discriminating against him (he believes that...)
  • It may help to think of "like" as being an alternative for "as though"
    – djna
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 18:27

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