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23 Sep 2011, 09:00
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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

As far as I remember, the usage of "just as" is as follows-
Just as X, so Y.

[highlight]Please throw some light on this.[/highlight]
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30 Sep 2011, 10:28
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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

Since we are comparing phrases we neet "as" and not "like" so (C) is out.
(B) and (D) are awkward.
(E) remains
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01 May 2012, 13:50
hi all,

didnt know only 'just as' can be used for comparing clauses. if that is the case then E, otherwise both A and E make sense.

thanks for this.
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Among all the options, it is easy to eliminate B, C, and D. Contenders remain A and E.

Analysis for option A:
"Similar" can modify only nouns as it is an adjective. Adjectives refer to immediately preceding noun when placed after an comma. In this case, "carbon dioxide" is illogically compared to "the way human beings breathe".
It makes sense to compare between "respire" and "breathe" here to have correct meaning of the sentence; but, "respire" is not noun and so "similar" cannot refer to "respire".

Analysis for option E:
"Just as" is used to compare two clauses correctly.

Hence, correct answer is E.
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02 May 2013, 19:42
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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

Comparing actions, so 'as' should be used. Answer: E

Hi,

Can you please explain when SIMILAR should be used with a construction of an example sentence ??
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02 May 2013, 19:53
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Can you please explain when SIMILAR should be used with a construction of an example sentence ??

Answer to your question has been discussed already in this topic. Please go through the posts. I do not want to repeat the information already posted.
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