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# As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores

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As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items.

A. As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
B. As with the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success
C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore
D. As traditional pharmacies, so on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
E. Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is prescriptions
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As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then buy other health-related items.

On reading the sentence carefully, we know that this sentence presents a comparison. The intended comparison is between traditional pharmacies and online drugstores. The point of comparison is that just like traditional pharmacies, online drugstores also depend upon the success of prescriptions for the said reason.
Since there is a comparison in this sentence, we can use either “LIKE + Noun” or “AS + Clause”. Let’s run the POE.

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A) As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful: Incorrect. Pronoun “it” is referring to the entire clause “online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful”. This is incorrect because a pronoun can only refer to a noun or a pronoun.

B) As with the case of traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success: Incorrect. Since “as” has been used for comparison in this choice, it must be followed by a clause. But “with the case of traditional pharmacies” is a prepositional phrase and not a clause.

C) As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore: Correct. “As” is followed by a clause. Also, this choice maintains the parallelism by using “is” and “are”. What is the case with traditional pharmacies? It is that prescriptions are the cornerstone for their success. Hence, the comparison is parallel here.

D) As traditional pharmacies, so online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful: Incorrect. “As” is not followed by a clause.

E) Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore is prescriptions: Incorrect. This choice presents illogical comparison. Here “traditional pharmacies” have been compared to “the cornerstone”. Also, use of “so” is not correct.

1. In comparisons, “like” must be followed by a NOUN.
2. In comparisons, “as” must be followed by a CLAUSE.
3. Pronouns can only refer to nouns and other pronouns.
4. Comparison should always be logical.

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can someone explain this please ? it says that C is the OA

C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore

for me, 2 problems :

1) is C correct ? can we say "as is..." ? Maybe "as it is the case..." is ok but "as is" seems incorrect
2) "as it is the case. with X, Y...", no ? I think we are tlaking about Pharmacies first, we should compare with Drugstore then, not with prescriptions. Or "the case" is a word that accounts for "prescriptions" ?

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not so easy...i am so french, it's terrible @!!@
this language will never enter my head

thanks for your lesson Master Christoph
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'C' is the best of the rest!

A - 'it' has no reference.
B - 'As with the case of traditional pharmacies' - is wrong
C - keep it...
D - 'as' usage is wrong. 'as' needs a clause
E - Wrong comparison. traditional pharmacies being compared with the cornerstone.
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C.
the idiom in D is not complete. E is wrong comparision. A and B are also wrongly compared. left with C only.
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a) As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be
successful

Comparing situation of TP with OLD, wrong

b) As with the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions
to have success

Same as A

c) As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a
successful on-line drug store

comparing situation of TP with OLD. Hold

d) As traditional pharmacies, so on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be
successful

Just as X so Y is the correct idiom.

More over it should use Like to compare TP and OLD

e) Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is
prescriptions

Uses Like but compares TP to Cornerstone of OLD

My pick C. I was not sure whether there was another idiom As X so Y. Also, different words are used in C. I picked D to start with but when I made the comparison, I let it go. What is the OA?
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IMO C

As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore - In this sentence as is the case is equivalent to prescriptions are the cornerstone
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As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related products.

A. ....
B. As with the case of traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success
C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore
D. As traditional pharmacies, so online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
E. Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore is prescriptions

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Let's deconstruct the sentence:

As it is with traditional pharmacies-The author here is trying to compare something with "it is" of the traditional pharmacies

on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, OK so we are comparing dependence of success of both on-line and traditional pharmacies on prescriptions. Cool!

since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items. Reason behind why prescriptions are important.

So, the author wants to say that- for an online pharmacy to be successful, it has to rely a lot on prescriptions. And this dependence on prescriptions for success is no different in the case of traditional pharmacies.

Let's look at the options:

a) As it (what does "it" refer to? It is not a placeholder either, but we cannot elimate just because of it, lets look for more errors )is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful This is nonsensical. The Author intends to say that for the store to be successful, prescriptions are important. prescriptions to be successful does not make sense.

b) As with(there is some problem with "as with" I am not sure what it is ) the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success "To have success" is awkward

c) As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the conrnerstone of a successful on-line drugstore- good. The intended meaning and comparison with the traditional pharmacy is aptly done.

d) As traditional pharmacies(as traditional pharmacies what? As followed by noun acts as a function, we need a comparison here), so on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful (as discussed above, prescriptions to be successful is distorting the intended meaning.

e) Like traditional pharmacies(we are not comparing traditional pharmacies, but we are comparing the dependence on prescriptions), the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is prescriptions
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How about the use of "Since ...Have" clause in Option C. I see only B has this. Can someone please clarify?

"Since" has two main usage:

1) It could mean "from then till now": Since 1990, the prices have increased.
In this case the meaning of the sentence is : the action "prices have increased" started in the past and its effects/consequences are still visible in the present.
In this case Present Perfect is the correct tense to express the meaning.

2)It could stand for "because": Since you're already here, you might as well stay.
In this sentence "since" is used as conjunction, not as an adverb (as above). The above concept does not apply here.

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"as" compares actions or clauses. i this case the first part of the sentence is a clause. "the case" is the subject and "is" is the verb. so its fine to say: " As is the case with traditional pharmacies,...". the action or case that is compared is that "prescriptions are the cornerstone...".
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19 Dec 2005, 14:31
As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, since it is primarily precriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items.

a) As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful

b) As with the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success

c) As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the conrnerstone of a successful on-line drugstore

d) As traditional pharmacies, so on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful

e) Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is prescriptions
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20 Dec 2005, 06:29
The oa is C
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20 Dec 2005, 07:04

Isn't as...so proper?
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As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, since it is primarily precriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items.

a) As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful

b) As with the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success

c) As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the conrnerstone of a successful on-line drugstore

d) As traditional pharmacies, so on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful

e) Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is prescriptions

im not sure but ill try to explain

I think the sentence is trying to say that "like traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions"

d- wrong cuz as is used to compare clauses. There needs to be a verb. To correct the sentence use "like"
e-faulty comparison
b-faulty comparison
a- it ambigous
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21 Dec 2005, 23:06
For D to be correct, it must have been "As traditional pharmacies do,"

As is the case, as in B, is incorrect

C is the best... As is the case is correct
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22 Dec 2005, 07:12
C.

Only C compares the traditional pharmacies to online drug store
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03 Feb 2006, 22:59
[As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful], since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items.

Note: [...] is the question

A. As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
B. As with the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success
C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore
D. As traditional pharmacies, so on-line drugstore rely on prescriptions to be successful
E. Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is prescriptions
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04 Feb 2006, 00:26
As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items.

I guess this wil be more users friendly)))

A. As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
B. As with the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success
C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore
D. As traditional pharmacies, so on-line drugstore rely on prescriptions to be successful
E. Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is prescriptions

E for me
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