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Although fruit can no longer grow once it is picked, it [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 06:53
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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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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 12:53
I am not sure between A and E. But with some investigation it seems like A is correct. I wasn't sure of the use of "similar to". Found something about it on the internet.

Similar is an adjective: We have similar neckties. Things similar may be somewhat like or much like each other, but they are not identical. Similar as an adverb is Substandard: He walks similar to his father. Better: He walks similarly to his father. Or His walk is similar to his father’s. Or His walk is much the same as [or much like] his father’s.

So since fruits breath similar to, meaning much like humans but not exactly I think A makes sense. Maybe E is wordy and use of they is ambiguous.
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Re: SC : Fruit [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2007, 08:04
abiswas 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


E.

'Continues to respire just as human beings do' is correct.
Since we are comparing verbs (respiring by fruit and breathing by humans) 'as' needs to be used.

What's the OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2007, 03:34
ColumbiaDream wrote:
Can you please post the OA for this one?
I pick E.


E looks more better.

Whats the OA, please, thanks?
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