I recently encountered patterns like this:

"これを好きなように使ってください" -> "Please use this as you like."

I googled for grammar surrounding よう and of course I found よう+な, but not a single site listed the above showcased construction. Is this "official" grammar? Meaning it can be found in official standardworks on japanese grammar? Or is it at least a (by now) commonly used pattern?


ように in this case means essentially "in the manner of". It forms an adverbial phrase with whatever it follows. In this case, when you combine it with the な-adjective 好き, it means "in the manner you like" or, as you say, "as you like."

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