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In winning the 1998 Kentucky Derby, Swiftlocks showed a

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In winning the 1998 Kentucky Derby, Swiftlocks showed a burst of speed as that of Man o'War , who won 20 of 21 races in 1919 and 1920.

a) as that of Man o' War , who won
b) not unlike that of Man o' War, who won
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Re: DIFFERENCE BTW "AS" AND "LIKE" [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 04:50
The second choice presents a contrast whereas the first sentence doesn't. That's the main difference from a meaning perspective.
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Re: DIFFERENCE BTW "AS" AND "LIKE" [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 05:02
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a) as that of Man o' War , who won
b) not unlike that of Man o' War, who won

Between a and b , b is better because we are comparing two nouns, the speed of one horse with the speed of another horse. But ‘like that of” would have been good enough for that purpose. Why the author chose to use two negatives to make one positive is somewhat bemusing. But more importantly, the use of ‘who’ to refer to a horse is indeed perplexing.
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