Grammar Info
N1 Lesson 1: 3/17

如(ごと)く
like・similar to, as if, the same as

よう is now used in most situations except some fixed phrases

Structure
Noun + (1) + ごとし
Noun + (1) + ごとく
Noun + (1) + ごとき + Noun

Verb + (2) + ごとし
Verb + (2) + ごとく
Verb + (2) + ごとき + Noun


(1)である
(2)
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  • [Just like よう, etc. used to state conjecture/judgement, this grammar point expresses similarity in terms of appearance or manner of doing something (often in metaphors)]
  • [ごとく is the adverbial form like ように]
  • [ごとき is the the noun modifying form like ような]
  • [ごとし comes at the end of a sentence like ようだ and is mostly seen in set expressions and old novels, etc.]
  • [*Similar to かのよう(だ), かのごと(し) expresses that while something might appear a certain way it is actually not so]
  • [Literary・古い]
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彼女(かのじょ)の動(うご)きはバレリーナ如(ごと)し
Her movements are like those of a ballet dancer.
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ガンダルフ如(ごと)き英雄(えいゆう)はたんと無(な)い。
There are not many heroes like Gandalf.
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ウサイン・ボルトごとく走(はし)る
He runs like Usain Bolt.
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