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The use of like as a "filler" should be avoided in conversation, as should the use of such phrases as I was like or I’m like instead of I said (or some similar expression).

  • Non-standard: I was, like, angry when she told my dad I had, like, gone to the rave. And she was like, "No way I told him!" and I was like, "Yeah, right!"
  • Standard: I was angry when she told my dad I had gone to the rave. She said, "No way I told him!" And I answered, "Yeah, right."