Oh, they're still used in a new way - to express a negative response to a suggestion - "Don't you want to go out with him?" "As if!"
But I'm talking about the old-fashioned words used to express a comparison: "It looks as if it will rain" - not "It looks like it will rain."
The word "like" goes between two noun comparisons:
- "He looks just like his father."
- "In that red suit, she looks like a hot air balloon."
- "It looks as if it will rain."
- "It looks as if he will take after his father."
Some sensible word should be substituted for "like" in these examples, e.g., "He said, 'What are you doing here?'" or "I thought, 'This can't be happening to me!'"
I'm afraid these improper uses of "like" are past remedying, but I thought I'd give it a whirl in case someone out there is listening.