For example:

  • 犬のように

  • 犬みたい


  • 子供のように歌ってください
  • 子供みたいに歌ってください

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  • Just keep in mind that the you wanna actually know is the difference between のよう and みたい, the に is a particle that can be attached to either one of them, depending on your sentence Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 17:09

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I don't see a major difference in meaning between ~みたい(に) and ~のよう(に).
~みたい(だ、に、な、etc.) sounds more casual and ~(の)よう(だ、に、な、etc.) sounds more formal.

-- the former versions sound more casual than the latter ones.

So 子供のように歌ってください sounds less casual and more formal than 子供みたいに歌ってください, though they have the same meaning.


As a side note, ~ように cannot be replaced with ~みたいに when used in the sense of "so that~~"(目的), "May~~!"(optative/祈願), "as (you know / stated below...)"(前置き), or as part of expressions 「Verb+ようになる」,「Verb+ようにする」. Examples*:




~のように = "in the manner of"
みたい = "appearing like"

If you think of these phrases when reading these, you'll be able to make a clearer distinction. However, in terms of selecting which to use in a sentence, there is some overlap.


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