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Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.

(A) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries

(B) like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders

(C) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern libary

(D) like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts

(E) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts

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This sentence is challenging because of all the things it's trying to do: You have to make a comparison between early medieval monasteries and modern libraries, while also taking into account a modifier for those early medieval monasteries. The modifier, "while clearly less accessible to outsiders," must come directly next to early medieval monasteries, so (B) and (D) are out. Additionally, in (B), it's not clear what they refers to. Now, of the remaining options, (A), (C), and (E), which phrasing works best—like modern libraries or as does the modern library7 The second option is incorrect, as in choice (C); libraries needs to be plural in order to parallel monasteries. And finally, eliminate (E) because acted like modern libraries act is wordier and clumsier than like modern libraries. (A) is the correct answer.
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15 Jan 2005, 19:07
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I actually have a problem with this choice, specifically the phrase "like modern libraries." This phrase seems to modify "texts" due to their close proximity to one another. Shouldn't the correct phrase be: "as do modern libraries"?

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15 Jan 2005, 19:24
I am sorry I don't agree with the OA and the mistake pointed out by Questor is what I also think.

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15 Jan 2005, 23:14
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A is fine.
"Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.

a) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries

b) like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders
They refers to both modern libraries as well as monasteries - wrong. Only monasteries were less accessible.

c) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern libary
Firstly parallelism error - library vs Monasteries; Secondly- like does better than "as does"

d) like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts
misplaced modifier implies the same meaning as in B.

e) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts
This is clearly out of the fray.
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08 Jul 2005, 21:17
Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.

A.while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.
B.like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders.
C.while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library
D.like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts
E.while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts.

Can anyone clearly describe the differences between "like" vs. "as does(do)" and summarize the rules regarding the usages of these two comparison phrases? Is "as does(do)" legal at all?

Thanks!

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Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.

A.while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.
- comparing wrong things. You could say "as do modern libraries"

B.like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders.
- wrong, they usage

C.while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library

keep this

D.like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts

Out, what is this phrase modifying - "while clearly less accessible to outsiders"

E.while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts.

- acted like...
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10 Jul 2005, 11:41
C seems least harmful among others however not an ideal.

i think C should have "do modern libraries", not "does modern library" because the comparision should be between plural and plural and vice versa.
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10 Jul 2005, 19:37
OA is A.

Can anyone clearly describe the differences between "like" vs. "as does(do)" and summarize the rules regarding the usages of these two comparison phrases? Is "as does(do)" legal at all?
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10 Jul 2005, 19:41
Are u kidding me??

A does not make sense.

Like is used to compare nouns.

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10 Jul 2005, 22:52
HIMALAYA wrote:
C seems least harmful among others however not an ideal.

i think C should have "do modern libraries", not "does modern library" because the comparision should be between plural and plural and vice versa.

i had a doubt, which turned to be true. i found the following: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... onasteries
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11 Jul 2005, 12:17
Are you sure the answer is A?

text like libraries, doesn't seem write to me. What is the source of this question?
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16 Oct 2005, 15:37
Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.

A. while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.
B. like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders.
C. while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library
D. like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts
E. while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts.
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17 Oct 2005, 00:58
A. while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.

B. - 'they' has no clear referent

C. - meaning of sentence changed

D. - problem with modifier position

E. - awkward sentence

A is the best choice.
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17 Oct 2005, 08:43
This was just discussed. OA is A.
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17 Oct 2005, 11:28
OA is A
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Kaplan 800 SC Medieval Monasteries [#permalink]

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06 Jul 2006, 23:40
Here is a question from Kaplan 800.

Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsides, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries.

a) while clearly less accessible to outsides, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries.
b) while clearly less accessible to outsides, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library.

The answer choice said A) is correct. I don't understand why.

"Like" is used to compare nouns and "As" is used to compare actions. Isn't monasteries served as repositories. Thus, we should use as to compare monasteries served to modern library served? Please advice.
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Re: Kaplan 800 SC Medieval Monasteries [#permalink]

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06 Jul 2006, 23:51
ah2sea wrote:
Here is a question from Kaplan 800.

Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsides, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries.

a) while clearly less accessible to outsides, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries.
b) while clearly less accessible to outsides, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library.

The answer choice said A) is correct. I don't understand why.

"Like" is used to compare nouns and "As" is used to compare actions. Isn't monasteries served as repositories. Thus, we should use as to compare monasteries served to modern library served? Please advice.

comparision is between "Early medieval monasteries" and "modern libraries" not between "Early medieval monasteries" and "repositories".
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07 Jul 2006, 06:53
Comparison is between "medieval monasteries" and "modern libraries".

Original:
Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsides, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries.

Remove the non-essential phrase and lets re-phrase the sentence:

Early medieval monasteries, like modern libraries, often served as repositories for texts.
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07 Jul 2006, 07:02
Rearrange the order of the sentence and you can see the comparison easier.

Early medieval monasteries, like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts.

** Also monastaries and libraries must both be plural to balance the sentence.
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01 Sep 2007, 22:10
the modifier "like modern libraries" is INCREDIBLY FAR from monasteries. this should make it wrong...

The only way i can justify this is the comma use.
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