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According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults, like that of earlier generations.
(A) like that of earlier generations
(B) as that for earlier generations
(C) just as earlier generations did
(D) as have earlier generations
(E) as it was of earlier generations
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Re: parallelism problem [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 05:52
I cannot decide between A and E.
I know E is right, but what's wrong with A?
Why can't we use "like+n." phrase to refer to a comparison? "That" still refers to the "goal"
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Re: parallelism problem [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 06:05
Like is a preposition and cannot be used to compare clauses.

Hence as should be used here.

And that clause shouldn't follow as because parallelism will be violated. If it is to follow then the non underlined portion must also have that clause.

the no underlined portion consists of Owning and living.. is... as.. So it must be followed by a similar construction. Clearly E wins.
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Re: parallelism problem [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 06:13
ksp wrote:
Like is a preposition and cannot be used to compare clauses.

Hence as should be used here.

And that clause shouldn't follow as because parallelism will be violated. If it is to follow then the non underlined portion must also have that clause.

the no underlined portion consists of Owning and living.. is... as.. So it must be followed by a similar construction. Clearly E wins.


I mean, can't we use "like the goal of earlier generations"?
instead of compare two clause, use two noun phrases, and it seems that they are still parallel
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Re: parallelism problem [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 06:23
miaojunmaggie wrote:
I mean, can't we use "like the goal of earlier generations"?
instead of compare two clause, use two noun phrases, and it seems that they are still parallel


First of all we cannot use "like the goal of earlier gen" because its not in the option. Lol.

Actually, like should be followed by noun phrases. If we put up as you mentioned then t will lead to illogical comparison because, we are comparing the "owning and living" with that of goal.

When like is used the two things at comparison must make logical sense.
The two things at comparison are "noun phrase" that follows like and the subject of the clause that preceeds/follows the like.

Hope it helps.
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Re: parallelism problem [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 06:39
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miaojunmaggie wrote:
I mean, can't we use "like the goal of earlier generations"?
instead of compare two clause, use two noun phrases, and it seems that they are still parallel


First of all we cannot use "like the goal of earlier gen" because its not in the option. Lol.

Actually, like should be followed by noun phrases. If we put up as you mentioned then t will lead to illogical comparison because, we are comparing the "owning and living" with that of goal.

When like is used the two things at comparison must make logical sense.
The two things at comparison are "noun phrase" that follows like and the subject of the clause that preceeds/follows the like.

Hope it helps.


OK, get it now. Really thank you! :)
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Re: parallelism problem [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2011, 15:19
this one was confusing...chose A at first, but now see why E is correct
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Re: parallelism problem [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2011, 17:14
I agree with E. It's most parallel.
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