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Although fruit can no longer grow once it is picked, it [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2003, 05:55
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Although fruit can no longer grow once it is picked, it continues for some time to respire, taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide, ( similar to the way human beings breathe.)

Why is this wrong ?

E) just as human beings do when they breathe. - this is right, why?


I guess human beings respire when they breathe.
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Re: Crazy Comparsion [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2003, 15:51
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Although fruit can no longer grow once it is picked, it continues for some time to respire, taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide, ( similar to the way human beings breathe.)

Why is this wrong ?

E) just as human beings do when they breathe. - this is right, why?


I guess human beings respire when they breathe.


The part in the parenthesis is not technically wrong, but it creates an awkward construction. If it read "similar to the way human beings do" instead of "similar to the way human beings breathe" it would be ok. However, the verb is "respire" in the stimulus, so to invoke the word "breathe" is sort of awkward.

(E) addresses this in a roundabout way by having two verbs in the clause: "do" and "breathe." "Do" is the parallel to the breathing of the fruit, and "when they breathe" is just an add-on to make the sentence sound more crisp. These last 3 words are not actually critical to the grammar.
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Crazy Comparsion [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2003, 20:27
Curly,

The passage is stating the fact that fruit takes in oxygen and gives out carbon-dioxide, just as humans take in oxygen and give out carbon-dioxide when they breathe.

In this light, the words in the parentheses are confusing because they do not clarify whether the comparison being drawn is between the act of breathing of the fruit and humans, or just the fact that both take in oxygen and give out CO2.

E clarifies this when it states, "just as human beings do when they breathe".

This would be the logic, in my opinion, to choose E as the right answer
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2003, 23:55
An idiom:

X does Y, just as P does Q.
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Re: Crazy Comparsion [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2008, 04:53
JP thanks for your explanation,
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