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During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator speed up the Earthâ€™s rotation, like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in.
(A) like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in
(B) like the increased speed of a figure skater when her arms are drawn in
(C) like a figure skater who increases speed while spinning with her arms drawn in
(D) just as a spinning figure skater who increases speed by drawing in her arms
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms

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12 Sep 2005, 21:23
I think the statement is comaring the speed of earth's rotation with a similar speed that is causeed by rotation.

Only B does the job. so I will pick that answer.
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12 Sep 2005, 21:27
ditto...B. Just as is way too strong of a comparison for this type of analogy.
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12 Sep 2005, 23:44
B it is!
All the others compare the Earth's rotation - an action, with the figure skater - a noun!
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13 Sep 2005, 00:02
B shud be it.
Aptly comapres the spinning of earth to that of the figure skater.

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13 Sep 2005, 00:23
I also choose B ..but OA is E. Can somebody explain? Thanks.
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14 Sep 2005, 06:51
Just as (as) is used to compare Actions. And Like is used to compare Nouns. Usage of Like is wrong in this sentence hence E.
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14 Sep 2005, 07:24
Agree with E and the explanation. Since the Earth's rotation speed is an action, you need "just as"

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During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator speed up the Earthâ€™s rotation, like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in.
(A) like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in
(B) like the increased speed of a figure skater when her arms are drawn in
(C) like a figure skater who increases speed while spinning with her arms drawn in
(D) just as a spinning figure skater who increases speed by drawing in her arms
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms

Please explain the steps by which you eliminated the choices.
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02 Jan 2011, 11:50
could anybody elaborate on this one?
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02 Jan 2011, 21:11
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Comparison of verbs - Earth's rotation and spinning skater, so it should be 'as'

(A) like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in
(B) like the increased speed of a figure skater when her arms are drawn in
(C) like a figure skater who increases speed while spinning with her arms drawn in
(D) just as a spinning figure skater who increases speed by drawing in her arms
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms
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