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# Like vs As

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14 Feb 2005, 12:17
I am confused on the use of Like and As in this question. Please post your answer with explanation.

For some reason the new consultant treats his clients <B>like idiots, talking to them like they</B> were mentally deficient and incapable of understanding more than the simplest ideas.
(A) like idiots, talking to them like they
(B) as if they were idiots, talking to them like they
(C) like idiots, talking to them as if they
(D) as idiots, talking to them like they
(E) like idiots who

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14 Feb 2005, 13:11
I believe like should only be followed by noun or noun clause, so A,B, and D are out for "like they were ..." is not right. Bt C and E I think C is repetitive? So E should be sufficient.
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14 Feb 2005, 16:56
(C)

Like is a preposition and thus requires nounafter it.
As NORMALLY used as a conjuction and thus requires a clause after it.

(A): ...like idiots, talking to them like they were mentally .... Wrong because a noun is required here.

(B): ....as if they were idiots, talking to them like they.... First part looks ok to me.. but second part repeats problem of (A).

(D): ....as idiots, talking to them like they... both are wrong because in first part, "as" requires clause and second part, like has same problem as (A) and (B).

(E): ....like idiots who... Correct usage of "like", but it introduces another problem. "who" points to idiot which is wrong.

(C) Correct usage of "as" and "like". An excellent example of Absolute Phrase.
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14 Feb 2005, 17:07
one more for C.
Like to be used for noun.
as if they... refer to a idiot ' conditions... so I think we must use "as if"
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14 Feb 2005, 18:17
E.

them/they in C can refer to idiots or customers?. 'like idiots' with out any qualification could mean the name of a customer rather than generic trait the sentence is trying to convey. E is more concise and gets the point across, with a qualifying who clause.
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14 Feb 2005, 19:48
I think C
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14 Feb 2005, 19:54
(C)
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14 Feb 2005, 19:58
I always mess up on AS/LIKE questions. I will pick B.
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14 Feb 2005, 20:26
It is got to be C

It uses like and as correctly
like noun
as Clause

E is gramatically correct, but changes the meaning - information is lost about how he talks to his client

It is C
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14 Feb 2005, 22:41
Yes, you guys are right. E does omit a portion of what the original sentence is saying...
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15 Feb 2005, 05:27
great explanation jpv Just to add that another problem with E is that it suddenly reverts to simple past tense while the first part is in present tense. C properly connects with the verb "were" by introducing the subjunctive mood
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15 Feb 2005, 05:52
Hello, guys, is there any certain OA?

what does the participial phrase "talking to them as if they" modify?

idiots, or consultant?

Sometimes, I found the participial phrase is very tricky; hardly to discern which to modify.

Any idea?

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15 Feb 2005, 07:43
absolute phrases, as opposed to participial phrases, do not modify any specific word. Instead, they modify a whole sentence or the idea behind it but they can have a present/past participle in the structure.
Participial phrases act as adjectives modify a specific noun.
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15 Feb 2005, 08:36
C it is ....

after much soul searching I have come with an interesting method of dealing like vs as type questions.

You use "like" to compare similar/consistent nouns....you use "as" when you compare verbs! you shoule use "as" when you cite examples....never use "like"!
you should use "as" when you compare two different things....which are not similar.....remember like is only used for similar objects...usually nouns!
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16 Feb 2005, 12:55
OA is indeed C. Thanks guys for the explanations.
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Firoz
16 Feb 2005, 12:55
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