Is the word “like” a preposition or verb in the sentence “You made me like this.”
Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you!
Without context (or the pronunciation pattern), it’s hard to tell. The sentence is ambiguous – it can very well be both.
“You made me like this.” with “like” as a verb would mean “You forced me/caused me to enjoy this”. For example:
– I thought you didn’t like eggplant?
– You made me like this! Your cooking is amazing!
“You made me like this.” with “like” as a preposition would mean “You caused me to become this kind of person”. For example:
– You’re so mean lately!
– You made me like this! You’ve always been mean to me!
The second usage is much more idiomatic, and the first is somewhat awkward, but both are valid.