part of speech of word "like"

Is the following sentence correct in grammar?
I don’t feel like it.
What is the part of the word “like” here? verb? adjective? or any other.

Apart from ‘any other’ on the end (it would need to be ‘another part’) it’s an acceptable shortened form of this:
What is the part of the word “like” here? Is it a verb, an adjective or another part.

Yes, Beeez, thank you
So, what do you think about the word “like” here


I have been waiting for the answer, too. Since no one has answered yet, may I give my two cents?

First, to simplify things, let’s change your sentence to the affirmative:

Tom: Why are you eating 10 donuts?

Mona: Because I FEEL LIKE IT.

  1. I think that most teachers tell us that “like” is a preposition in your sentence.

a. I = subject.

b. feel = verb.

c. like = preposition.

d. it (“eating 10 donuts”) = pronoun; object of the preposition “like.”

  1. I think that some teachers (and older grammar books) tell us that “like” is REALLY (= in fact) an adjective.

a. I = pronoun.

b. feel = linking verb. (For example: I feel sick/sad/angry. Therefore: I feel LIKE (an adjective, too).

c. like = adjective.

d. unto = an “understood” preposition that you almost never actually say or write.

e. it = pronoun (object of the “understood” preposition).

I can understand why most people simply classify “like” as a preposition in your kind of sentence.

I am eager to see what other posters say.

Sincerely yours,


I also think it’s a preposition.

Thank you, Dozy.