Roger Federer is regarded to be the best tennis player on the planet.
A) to be the best tennis player on the planet
B) as the best tennis player on the planet
C) as being the best tennis player on the planet
D) to be the best tennis player in the planet
E) as the best tennis player in the planet
In this scenario "as" should not be LIKE because a verb do not follow ?? or here the meaning is: Roger Federer is regarder as the best tennis player on the planet IS REGARDED.
This question is totally about idioms. It has nothing to do with the standard "like" vs. "as" distinction, used in comparisons. Yes, in a comparison, we use "as" when it's about an action and involves a verb, and we use "like" for nouns. This is NOT
a comparison at all. It's all about what idiom correctly follows the verb "to regard". Correct
: I regard X as Y
The verb "to regard" is always followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with preposition "as" --- this prepositional phrase shows the how the object is regarded. Incorrect
: I regard X as being Y
: I regard X to be Y
The verb "to regard" is never
followed by the infinitive "to be" and is never followed by the participle "being". Those are both 100% wrong.
Right away, that idiom eliminates answers (A) & (C) & (D) --- all wrong. That leave (B) and (E), which are almost identical, except for the ending ....
(B) .... the best tennis player on the planet
(E) .... the best tennis player in the planet
This is another idiom. The phrase "on the planet" is used in general for "everyone in the world", "all people alive today". That is a very common idiom. By contrast, the phrase "in the planet" is awkward and unclear --- are we talking about people inside the earth? are we talking about dead people who are buried? It's very unclear even what that phrase would mean in context. It is awkward and unclear, whereas "on the planet" is standard and completely clear.
Therefore (E) is wrong, and (B) is the only possible answer.
Does that make sense?
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