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# During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the

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56. 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
(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

OA is E. Can someone please explain? Thanks!
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04 Aug 2007, 20:33
First, please don't post OA until we have had a chance to view and answer your question. This will help you get better analysis and also helps other posters by giving them practice problems.

To answer your question, like compares nouns. You are comparing a phrase or clause therefore you need as. D is too wordy and awkward and E is much more concise.
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