Could you tell me the difference in nuance between "something" and "something like that"?
Answer from a Native speaker
"Something like that" implies that the speaker assumed an incident similar to what actually happened had occurred. It is used to refer to something or a possibility without giving specific detail. It sounds a little bit more casual and natural than simply using "something." Ex: A: Did you leave work because you weren't feeling well? B: Something like that. With the addition of the word "or" in the beginning of this expression, we can also use it to express a feeling of vagueness or uncertainty towards something. Ex: Are you mad or something like that? Ex: She was a singer or something like that.