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# Although fruit can no longer grow once it is picked, it

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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.
(A) similar to the way human beings breathe
(B) similarly to human beings who are breathing
(C) just like the breathing of human beings
(D) as human beings when breathing
(E) just as human beings do when they breathe
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09 Nov 2005, 20:14
rahulraao wrote:
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.
(A) similar to the way human beings breathe
(B) similarly to human beings who are breathing
(C) just like the breathing of human beings
(D) as human beings when breathing
(E) just as human beings do when they breathe

I would say ....A. It makes me think that C is also right, but it seems to me that the "way" of human breathe is the process explained in the sentence. The reason I like C is because of the "like". I'm not sure. I'll wait for others' explanation.
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09 Nov 2005, 23:10
Here is the comparison

[ it ] + [ respires] compared [human beings] + [verb]

The only option that preserves the comparison is E.
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10 Nov 2005, 00:29
you are not comparing fruits with human here

you are comparing actions of fruits with actions of human

so you need as instead of like or simillar.

so A, C, C is out.

D is wrong because it is comparing fruits with human beings

so E is the only correct answer.
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10 Nov 2005, 20:33
rahulraao wrote:
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.
(A) similar to the way human beings breathe
(B) similarly to human beings who are breathing
(C) just like the breathing of human beings
(D) as human beings when breathing
(E) just as human beings do when they breathe

A : it's not clear about what is "similar to ......breathe" --> out
B : even worse than A by using adverbial form of "similar"
C and D out coz the comparison of action to thing is wrong
E corrects those flaws ....E it is.
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11 Nov 2005, 09:54
Vote for E.

This sentence mentions two comparable actions.
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11 Nov 2005, 16:41
OA is E - logic is that comparison is between two actions.
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15 Nov 2005, 03:55
It is E.
Actions are being compared.
Use of 'as' is the key.
15 Nov 2005, 03:55
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