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

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08 Mar 2007, 05:40
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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

any clue?
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08 Mar 2007, 06:05
I'll pick (E).

It's comparing a clause.

(D) can not be becasue it is comparing with human beings, not 'taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide', which is compared in (E).
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08 Mar 2007, 06:56
(C)

"taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide" describes how human beings breathe. It is not a comparison between breathing of human beings and breathing of fruits.

What is the OA?
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09 Mar 2007, 05:20
We are comparing noun here i.e. fruits and human being so Like is appropriate
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23 Mar 2007, 14:29
E for me

substituting the words to which pronouns refer

Fruit continues to respire taking in oxygen and carbon dioxide just as human beings take in oxygen and carbon dioxide when they breathe

this shows a clear parallel
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24 Mar 2007, 10:03
Just as is used to compare the two nouns performing two actions here respiration is the action.
Just can be replaced with in the way that. A would have been correct if In the way that has been used in place of similar to the way.
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24 Mar 2007, 10:18
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
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

any clue?

E is right.

it continues to respire ..... just as human beings do [respire] when they breathe

versus

it continues to respire [verb] ... similar to the way human beings breathe [noun]

The comparision is not parallel in this case.
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24 Mar 2007, 10:22
dwivedys wrote:
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
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

any clue?

E is right.

it continues to respire ..... just as human beings do [respire] when they breathe

versus

it continues to respire [verb] ... similar to the way human beings breathe [noun]

The comparision is not parallel in this case.

saurabh welcome back!
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24 Mar 2007, 10:24
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trivikram wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
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

any clue?

E is right.

it continues to respire ..... just as human beings do [respire] when they breathe

versus

it continues to respire [verb] ... similar to the way human beings breathe [noun]

The comparision is not parallel in this case.

saurabh welcome back!

Thanks Vikram...I guess I can't rest easy till the goal is cleared..no matter how long it takes..

Great to see you guys are sticking around as well
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24 Mar 2007, 10:24
E

"it continues" should compare with "human beings" only D and E do it correctly. between D and E, E is correct, as Doesnt convey the message.

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24 Mar 2007, 10:41
I would choose E because fruit and human respiration are identical, they cannot be "similar", "just as..." will make the phrases identical.
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24 Mar 2007, 16:38
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

B, C and D wrong as Breathe is the correct usage to ensure parallelism. Similar to the way is wordy in A soi would go for E
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Another E.

We will accept majority as the answer.

Edit :
Found the OA here :

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07 Sep 2017, 04:18
A) similar to the way human beings breathe distorts meaning and implies "fruits breathe"
(B) similarly to human beings who are breathing "similarly to" is wrong
(C) just like the breathing of human beings again distorts the meaning as if respiration in fruits is like breathing of humans
(D) as human beings when breathing [color=#0000ff][/color]fruits respire "as" humans beings???
(E) just as human beings do when they breathe correctly implies that fruits respire, just like human beings to when they breathe
Although fruit can no longer grow once it is picked, it   [#permalink] 07 Sep 2017, 04:18
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