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I don't think it's a mix of formal/casual so much as I'm pretty sure that sentence is grammatically unparseable. I think if you remove the first "Like" and add a comma or so, then it makes more sense, but that first word makes it really unintelligible. It comes off more like an incomplete sentence. I'd also say that "polar opposites" is a really bad substitute for "black and white". Black and white is used to describe the lack of a spectrum ("no gray area"), not being at the opposite ends of one.

Saiyr (talk)17:03, 29 May 2014

Yea, when speaking casually, particularly when speaking offline, people tend to start sentences with words like but or like. It's not that they're incomplete sentences, its still a complete thought. They're slang. The word like is short for it's like, just omitting the first word. If I was trying to be formal I wouldn't use the word like at the beginning of the sentence, but I was kind of trying to be formal but also casual, and it resulted in a mess apparently.

You're right, "polar opposites" and "black and white" are not interchangable but they can be a related issue. For example, masculinity and femininity. People create these ideas and bundle up being artistic, introverted, unintelligent, expressive, and unstable into femininity and scientific, extroverted, intelligent, inexpressive, and stable into masculinity. Guess what, these things have nothing to do with each other and have no business being associated with one another. Someone can be scientific, introverted, intelligent, expressive, and stable. We just like this idea of making things black and white, then saying you are not this way because that is the opposite of what you should be. To me, that says a lot about the state of society than an individual. I see this kind of thing everywhere. Maybe that's just because I might want to find it, that it might not always be there. I'm terrible at explaining things.

Kapra - (Talk)11:54, 30 May 2014

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