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7. 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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02 Jun 2006, 06:32
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7. 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.

It's E.

We are comparing clauses.

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, just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms.

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02 Jun 2006, 10:16
between A and E... I go for A.. doesnt E modify the meaning.

In this context does "just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms " ,mean the same as "a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in" ?

can someone clarify...
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02 Jun 2006, 19:26
E. Need "just as" to make the comparisions between the clauses.
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05 Jun 2006, 02:06
E .
Two reasons
1) Just as is required here.
2) D is wrong as it compares with the figure skater whereas the comparison is between the actions.
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03 Jul 2007, 08:31
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E .
Two reasons
1) Just as is required here.
2) D is wrong as it compares with the figure skater whereas the comparison is between the actions.

I agree. Who starts a restrictive clause and emphasizes the skater, thereby comparing the skater rather than her actions.
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04 Mar 2008, 13:49
as .........is the correct one.
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use as infront of a clause.
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05 Mar 2008, 04:29
7. During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator speed
up the Earth'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
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms

Option A
like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in
In the above we have two problems,
1. The "like" would have been correct if we compared "rotation" to "spinning figure skater" directly.
Here we are comparing cluases .... infact two ways of increasing speed.
2. "arms are drawn in" is a passive contruct.

E is correct
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27 Mar 2008, 17:16
never mind...my bad
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27 Mar 2008, 18:24
ok. "just as" is needed to compare clauses. Noted.
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27 Mar 2008, 23:04
Thanks for the explanation bmwhype2, I had originally chosen D, and the suggestion is great.
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28 Mar 2008, 00:54
sorry for late response :

but it is E

rotation of the earth is compared to spinning of a figure skater
we use like to compare two noun

and we use as to compare two clauses:
buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator speed up the Earthâ€™s rotation, just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her armspare two clauses.

My Siamese cat moved across the floor just as a lion stalking its prey moves.
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15 Apr 2008, 06:09
d is not wrong
v reject it coz it is longer
v can remove a pronoun if subject is same
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10 Jun 2008, 06:38
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 (seems as if the action happens on its own)/ (as if the spinning figure isnt human)
(B) like the increased speed of a figure skater when her arms are drawn in (wrong comparison)
(C) like a figure skater who increases speed while spinning with her arms drawn in (wrong comparison)
(D) just as a spinning figure skater who increases speed by drawing in her arms (redundant)
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms
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30 Dec 2012, 12:57
A- We are comparing rotation of earth which is an action. So eliminate Like. Eliminate
B- As A
C- As A
D- We don’t need a “Who”. If Who is added then there needs to be a comma before. Eliminate
E - Keep
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