like/alike?

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Which word would be used here? "like" or "alike"? How can I differentiate?

It's rather difficult to distinguish the two pictures. They are almost alike/like.

Thanks
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MinhuocWhich word would be used here? "like" or "alike"? How can I differentiate?

It's rather difficult to distinguish the two pictures. They are almost alike/like.

Thanks

alike

Two pictures that look alike look very similar. There isn't much difference between them.
Regular Member645
Thanks.

When would I use "like"?
Hi,

I was taught that "alike" is a predicate adjective. Contrarily, "like" can only be used before a noun as an adj..

Forums are places one can meet people with like interests.
Contributing Member1,112
Thanks Maple.

Very helpful.
You can say:

This is a like picture.
(meaning similar to another one).
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Anonymous:
"like" is completely replaceable by "similar to".so we can get the right word using the "similar to" test.
Anonymous:
It would be "alike". You use "alike" at the end of a sentence or phrase, after the 2 words you are comparing. Use "like" between the words:

Alice looks like Alan. Alice and Alan look alike.
Anonymous:
you should use "alike" for tha fact that like is always followed by a noun and "alike " comes to the end of the sentence
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