One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1attributive (of a person or thing) having similar qualities or characteristics to another person or thing.‘I responded in like manner’‘the grouping of children of like ability together’
similar, much the same, more or less the same, not unlike, comparable, corresponding, correspondent, resembling, alike, approximating, analogous, parallel, equivalent, cognate, related, of a kind, akin, kindredView synonyms
- ‘There were a number of matters of a like nature which went before the Federal Court.’
- ‘There is no exclusion of gross negligence, serious fault, or anything of a like nature.’
- ‘‘Setting’, the grouping of children of like ability together to follow a particular study or to master a particular skill is little different from traditional streaming.’
- ‘The artist beamed and continued in like manner giving me enough copy for a small report.’
- ‘The ICC statute itself suggests that the new court will not treat like cases in a like manner.’
- 1.1predicative (of a portrait or other image) having a faithful resemblance to the original.‘‘Who painted the dog's picture? It's very like.’’
- ‘Who painted the dog's picture? It -- it's very like.’
In the sentence he's behaving like he owns the place, like is a conjunction meaning ‘as if’, a usage regarded as incorrect in standard English. Although like has been used as a conjunction in this way since the 15th century by many respected writers, it is still frowned upon and considered unacceptable in formal English, where as if should be used instead
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