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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 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

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11 Sep 2007, 00:49
I think the comparison has to be verb with verb:

i.e. "things speed up the earth's rotation" should be followed by "something else does something".

This rules out A, B, C and D where the comparison is verb with noun (like a figure skater, just as a figure skater etc).

Only option left is E.
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11 Sep 2007, 05:10
E for me.

Comparision of phrases ' Earth's rotation' and ' skater's speed' require 'just as'.
'Like' is used to compare nouns.

D is eliminated as it compares Earth's speed to the Figure Skater which is incorrect.
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11 Sep 2007, 05:51
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 => rotation to skater
(B) like the increased speed of a figure skater when her arms are drawn in
=> rotation to increased speed
(C) like a figure skater who increases speed while spinning with her arms
drawn in => rotation to skater
(D) just as a spinning figure skater who increases speed by drawing in her
arms => rotation to skater
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms

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11 Sep 2007, 05:51
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