Last evening I said,
If you, like me, like poking around junk storesCovered Casseroles post
I then posted the question, “Should that be ‘as I’?” Concluded it should, and awaited SueK’s response.
SueK agreed, “as I” and offered a rephrasing. I feel as if (!) we should get to the bottom of this, and so we will consult our two favorite authorities on all things grammatical, John C. Hodges (Harbrace Handbook of English, 1951) and William R. Strunk, Jr. (The Elements of Style, 1951).
From the Harbrace Handbook:
Like, as, as if. Use like as a preposition, not as a conjunction. Use as or as if as a conjunction.
WRONG It looks like it would rain. RIGHT It looks as if it would rain.
WRONG Do like I do. RIGHT Do as I do.
RIGHT He worked like a man.
More from The Elements of Style:
Like. Not to be used for as. Like governs nouns and pronouns; before phrases and clauses the equivalent word is as.
“… as though they were slumming.” Awesome.