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In a plan to stop the erosion of East Coast beaches, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed building parallel to shore a breakwater of rocks that would rise six feet above the waterline and act as a buffer, so that it absorbs the energy of crashing waves and protecting the beaches.

(A) act as a buffer, so that it absorbs
(B) act like a buffer so as to absorb
(C) act as a buffer, absorbing
(D) acting as a buffer, absorbing
(E) acting like a buffer, absorb

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24 Dec 2006, 21:55
We need an answer that is parallel to both

1. rise six feet above the waterline...

and

2. protecting the beaches

Plug in C into the original sentence. We get

n a plan to stop the erosion of East Coast beaches, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed building parallel to shore a breakwater of rocks that would rise six feet above the waterline and act as a buffer, absorbing
the energy
of crashing waves and protecting the beaches.

I like C.
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24 Dec 2006, 21:56
any comments on "act as" vs. "act like"
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24 Dec 2006, 22:06
u2lover wrote:
any comments on "act as" vs. "act like"

To be honest, I did not evaluate As vs Like.

But here's my take.(If I remember my Manhattan SC)

Like is usually used to compare people and As is used to compare verb clauses.

So act like is inappropriate in this case.
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25 Dec 2006, 05:54
Heres what I got from one of the Grammar books

Like isnt a conjunction but it is a preposition.

So if your comparision involves action use as

She acts like a president. (she is being compared to a president)

She acts as a president (She is functioning in the capacity of a president)
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25 Dec 2006, 10:26
I choose C

for the following reasons

1. ||ism : rise || act
2. as is superior to like because, the brealwater becomes a buffer, not similar to a buffer.
3. absorbing : better expression and less awkwardy than other options.
the progressive tense tends to explain the duty of the buffer.
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25 Dec 2006, 22:01
yep, OA is C
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26 Dec 2006, 04:56
u2lover wrote:
any comments on "act as" vs. "act like"

I guess, I came across somewhere that "We use like to compare nouns and as to compare actions or to introduce a clause.

I go with C too.
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29 Aug 2011, 03:19
In a plan to stop the erosion of East Coast beaches, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed building parallel to shore a breakwater of rocks that would rise six feet above the waterline and act as a buffer, so that it absorbs the energy of crashing waves and protecting the beaches.

(A) act as a buffer, so that it absorbs
(B) act like a buffer so as to absorb
(C) act as a buffer, absorbing
(D) acting as a buffer, absorbing
(E) acting like a buffer, absorb

Parallelism--that would rise and act
So that leaves us with A,B,C. act like vs. act as. Act like means act similar to. Act as means function as. Here Act as is correct use meaning wise. So between A and C, we have so that it absorbs vs. absorbing.
There is one more parallelism here. absorbing anf protecting. So D is correct.
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30 Aug 2011, 02:59
|| tested, C is the best!

rise...act....absorbing...protecting!
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