Hi. Is this correct? I thought you needed a noun or a pronoun after the word "like," if I wasn't mistaken. Thank you in advance for your help.

He heard news like he left town suddenly last Saturday.


Is that a sentence that you wrote, or did you read it somewhere? I find it a bit awkward to read. I interpret it as meaning that that he1 heard news that consisted of information such as "he2 left town suddenly last Saturday", where the two "he"s refer to different people. Do you know if that is what it is supposed to mean?

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Thank you for your reply. I meant to say two different people. I think it may be easy for you to see the difference if I write this.

He heard news like she left town suddenly last Saturday.

anonymousHe heard news like she left town suddenly last Saturday.

It still feels rather awkward in structure, and it is also hard to be sure why the word "like" has been used, or in what sense it is meant. "like" means "similar to", but what kind of news would be "similar to" "she left town suddenly last Saturday"? Informally, "like" may also be used to introduce an example or examples, but this requires us to understand a larger class of similar things that the examples come from. For example, "She bought stuff like lipstick" (implying, say, "... and other cosmetics"). In your case it is not very clear what such a larger class of news items would consist of.