"Alike" is an adjective which is often translated as "parecido", and "unlike" is a preposition which is often translated as "a diferencia de". Learn more about the difference between "alike" and "unlike" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (similar)
a. parecido
Our cars are alike.Nuestros autos son parecidos.
b. igual
It seems that all politicians are alike.Parece que todos los políticos son iguales.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (similarly)
a. igual
You and your sister talk alike.Tú y tu hermana hablan igual.
b. de la misma manera
We both think alike. Maybe that's why we're such good friends.Las dos pensamos de la misma manera. Quizá por eso somos tan buenas amigas.
3. (equally)
a. por igual
These rules apply to men and women alike.Estas normas se aplican a hombres y mujeres por igual.
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (expressing contrast)
a. a diferencia de
Unlike my brother, my sister always teases me.A diferencia de mi hermano, mi hermana siempre se burla de mí.
2. (expressing difference)
a. diferente de
The results are unlike those on the statistics.Los resultados son diferentes de los de las estadísticas.
3. (atypical of)
a. impropio de
This behavior is unlike you.Este comportamiento es impropio de ti.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (different)
a. distinto
They say that unlike forces attract each other.Se dice que las fuerzas distintas se atraen.
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