What are the differences among alike, like and the same?
- alike follows a verb and no noun is needed after it (Me and my brother think alike.)
- like can be used as a preposition after a verb thus a noun or noun phrase is needed after it (I think like my brother OR My brother thinks like me).
- the same is usually followed by the preposition 'as' and means exactly the same as thus it bears more similarity than 'like'. (My way of thinking is the same as my brother's OR My way of thinking and my brother's are the same.)