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NOUN + のよう(な/に) ____ as “like NOUN”

NOUN + のよう(な/に) ____ as “like NOUN”

This grammar pattern is used to bring about a comparison to an entity, NOUN. This construction can be used to modify another noun or to modify an adjective or action. When used to simply describe a noun as having similarity to NOUN, the particle な is used while the particle に is used to describe an adjective or action having similarity to NOUN.

Example(s):

夢のような人生
yume no youna jinsei
(a life that’s like a dream)

犬のような少年
inu no you na shounen
(a boy that’s like a dog)

彼女は天使のように日光で輝いた。
Kanojo wa tenshi no you ni nikkou de kagayaita.
(She shined in the sunlight like an angel.)

彼のやる気は火のように暑い。
Kare no yaruki wa hi no you ni atsui.
(His determination is hot like a fire.)

私は冒険者のように色々の面白いことを経験したいんです。
Watashi wa boukensha no you ni iro iro no omoshiroi koto o keiken shitaindesu.
(I want to experience a bunch of different and interesting things like an adventurer.)