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# Like v/s AS SC

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More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.

A.as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
B.like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
C.as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
D.like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
E.as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one
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Hi Rohit,

More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.

So let’s begin with meaning analysis. The sentence says that more than a century ago, students of ornithology compared hummingbirds with insects. They said that hummingbirds can hover like insects that flit gracefully from one flower to another.

Since the sentence presents comparison, we can use both “like” and “as”. All we need to be careful about is the correct usage of these two words. In comparison sentences, “like” is always followed a noun or a pronoun while “as” is always followed by a clause.
So let’s spot the errors in the original choice. In this comparison sentence, “as” is not followed by a clause by a noun. This usage of “as” followed by a noun to present comparison is incorrect. This is the only error in the sentence.

POE:

A. as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another: Incorrect for the reason mentioned above.

B. like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another: Correct. “Like” is followed by “insects” – a noun.

C. as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others: Incorrect. “that” generally modifies the preceding noun. But here “that” is preceded by a verb. This usage is incorrect.

D. like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others: Incorrect.
1. “Like” is followed by a clause “insects do”.
2. Same “that” modification error as in choice C.

E. as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one: Incorrect. Phrase “some other one” is wordy. “another” is much concise and precise.

1. While presenting contrast, “like” should be followed by a noun or a pronoun and “as” should be followed by a clause.
2. Use “that” to modify the preceding noun or the head of the preceding noun phrase.
3. Always use concise expressions. They keep the meaning of the sentence clear.

Hope this helps.
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23 Sep 2012, 22:39
Thank you so much.
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25 Sep 2012, 09:08

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25 Apr 2015, 12:16
More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.
(A) as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(B) like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(C) as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(D) like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(E) as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one

Hi All,
This question appeared in one of the Manhattan Review SC Questions. Referred to several posts which say Hummingbirds are being compared to Insects. I felt "Humminngbirds can hover" is being compared to ....

Can someone please let me know how is it Hummingbirds -> Insects when it is explicitly mentioned "Hummingbirds can hover" ?
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27 Apr 2015, 09:29
umeshmurali wrote:
More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.
(A) as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(B) like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(C) as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(D) like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(E) as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one

Hi All,
This question appeared in one of the Manhattan Review SC Questions. Referred to several posts which say Hummingbirds are being compared to Insects. I felt "Humminngbirds can hover" is being compared to ....

Can someone please let me know how is it Hummingbirds -> Insects when it is explicitly mentioned "Hummingbirds can hover" ?

Dear umeshmurali,
I'm happy to respond.

When we have
[noun][verb] "like"/"as" [noun]
then it's 100% legal to compare noun to noun with "like," because it is implied that the verb is the same.
He sings like Caruso.
She runs like the wind.

We could use the "as" construction as well, but typically, we would have to repeat the verb for the second subject:
He sings as Caruso did.
That's wordier, and therefore less preferable on the GMAT.

The structure gets much trickier if the first verb is followed by an object, another noun. That can make the comparison awkward.
I like opera like my friend Robert.
Am I comparing what I like to what my friend likes, or am I saying that I like opera that somehow resembles my friend? This sentence would not fly on the GMAT. Instead, I could say:
Like me friend Robert, I enjoy opera. or
I enjoy opera, as my friend Robert does.

See
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-sente ... ike-vs-as/

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Mike
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