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# 22. Although fruit can no longer grow once it is picked, it

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22. Although fruit can no longer grow once it is picked,
it continues for some time to respire, taking in oxygen
and giving off carbon dioxide, similar to the way
human beings breathe
.

(A) similar to the way human beings breathe.
(B) similarly to human beings who are breathing
(C) just like the breathing of human beings
(D) as human beings when breathing
(E) just as human beings do when they breathe
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10 Apr 2004, 10:44
yes OA is E.
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12 Apr 2004, 12:17
I was stuck between A and E myself. I chose A because it appeared to be more concise. Is similar the wrong usage?
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13 Apr 2004, 09:34
eyal wrote:
Can you please explain why A is flawed?
Thanx

тАШAтАЩ is flawed because it does not retain parallelism. Notice how it says, тАЬit continues for some time to respireтАЭ, taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide, just as human beings do..... In this case, тАШdoтАЩ stands for respire, which makes this choice parallel.

If you were to use тАШsimilar to the way human beings breatheтАЩ, this parallelism is no longer followed. Not the clearest explanation, but hope it helps.
13 Apr 2004, 09:34
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