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I'm wanting to say "I'm going to support you as though you were my friend" or "I'm going to support you like a friend", something to that effect. There's probably a more colloquial way of translating this, but specifically I'm trying to use 就像 in this way to learn the grammar. Are any of these following sentences grammatically correct?

(1) 我要支持你,就像你是我的朋友(一样)

(2) 我要就像你是我的朋友(一样)支持你

(3) 就像你是我的朋友,我要支持你

Also, the 一样 is optional, correct?

Thanks for the help.

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  • I'm not sure if 就像 is the best grammar for this type of sentence, I've always seen it used for more literal resemblences. To me using it in your sentence structure would imply a physical/behavioral similarity to an existing friend, not the metaphorical similarity intended (although I am not native so maybe there is a use I don't know). I would recommend a different practice sentence for learning to avoid confusion (and maybe 似乎 or 仿佛 would be better for the current sentence requested?)
    – zagrycha
    Oct 30, 2022 at 21:07
  • IMO, 我会 is a better fit than 我要 here. Oct 31, 2022 at 1:22

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All incorrect. clause types are mismatched

(1) 我要[支持]你,就像[你是我的朋友一样]

(2) 我要就像[你是我的朋友]一样[支持]你

(3) 就像[你是我的朋友一样],我要[支持]你

我要就像[支持]朋友一样[支持]你

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  • Interesting, appreciate your help.
    – Eia16hc
    Oct 30, 2022 at 23:18
  • Of course, it implies "they are not real friends"
    – Tang Ho
    Oct 30, 2022 at 23:51
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Not sure in what context you would say that, but you can put it like this:

I will support you in this matter as I would support a good friend.
在这件事上我会像支持好朋友一样支持你。

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These are my two sentences.

支持你,就像你支持我 - I'll support you as you supported me.

With a little twist, you can say:

支持你,就像你曾經支持過我 - I want to support you the way you have ever supported me (before).

You can also say:

就像你支持我一样, 我會/要支持你 - The same as you have supported me, I will/want to support you.

It is maybe a little confusing, but the basic form is "I will do something as you did the same to me", or "The same as you did to me, I'll do it in return."

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