It is currently 20 Oct 2017, 22:19

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Senior Manager
Joined: 04 May 2005
Posts: 278

Kudos [?]: 79 [6], given: 0

Location: CA, USA

### Show Tags

10 Nov 2005, 22:09
6
KUDOS
31
This post was
BOOKMARKED
As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items.

A. As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful

B. As with the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success

C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore

D. As traditional pharmacies, so on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful

E. Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is prescriptions

Last edited by hazelnut on 21 Aug 2017, 06:16, edited 3 times in total.
OA Added and Topic name updated

Kudos [?]: 79 [6], given: 0

Manager
Joined: 16 Mar 2010
Posts: 54

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 4

### Show Tags

27 Apr 2012, 12:07
C in my opinion... Can the OP post the OA?

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 4

Intern
Joined: 29 May 2012
Posts: 15

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

GMAT 1: 680 Q51 V29
GPA: 3.94

### Show Tags

14 Jun 2012, 00:34
IMO C,
since it correctly modifies prescriptions.

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

Intern
Joined: 07 Aug 2012
Posts: 28

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 3

Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V35
GPA: 3.7
WE: Consulting (Insurance)

### Show Tags

22 Sep 2012, 14:32
I've gone through many study materials for "As" Vs "Like" and was comfortable with this topic till I saw this post.

As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful on line drugstore, since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items.

This is given as correct answer and I've no questions around it. But one of the incorrect answers is given is "As with the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success" . I know this choice is incorrect but my question is can a prepositional phrase follow "AS" when "AS" is used for comparison? My understanding is that as long as "AS" is used for comparison it has to be followed by a clause only, if a Prepositional Phrase example "with the case of pharmacies" it has to be incorrect. But nobody mentioned this in the reasons why this choice is incorrect and so I'm little confused.

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 3

Manager
Joined: 04 Apr 2013
Posts: 149

Kudos [?]: 55 [0], given: 36

### Show Tags

29 May 2013, 13:52
Zarrolou wrote:
How about the use of "Since ...Have" clause in Option C. I see only B has this. Can someone please clarify?

"Since" has two main usage:

1) It could mean "from then till now": Since 1990, the prices have increased.
In this case the meaning of the sentence is : the action "prices have increased" started in the past and its effects/consequences are still visible in the present.
In this case Present Perfect is the correct tense to express the meaning.

2)It could stand for "because": Since you're already here, you might as well stay.
In this sentence "since" is used as conjunction, not as an adverb (as above). The above concept does not apply here.

Hope it's clear

Thank You. Kudos to you for clarifying my confusion.
_________________

MGMAT1 - 540 ( Trying to improve )

Kudos [?]: 55 [0], given: 36

Director
Joined: 29 Nov 2012
Posts: 868

Kudos [?]: 1412 [0], given: 543

### Show Tags

23 Jun 2013, 08:46
egmat wrote:
Hi All,

As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then buy other health-related items.

On reading the sentence carefully, we know that this sentence presents a comparison. The intended comparison is between traditional pharmacies and online drugstores. The point of comparison is that just like traditional pharmacies, online drugstores also depend upon the success of prescriptions for the said reason.
Since there is a comparison in this sentence, we can use either “LIKE + Noun” or “AS + Clause”. Let’s run the POE.

POE

A) As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful: Incorrect. Pronoun “it” is referring to the entire clause “online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful”. This is incorrect because a pronoun can only refer to a noun or a pronoun.

B) As with the case of traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success: Incorrect. Since “as” has been used for comparison in this choice, it must be followed by a clause. But “with the case of traditional pharmacies” is a prepositional phrase and not a clause.

C) As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore: Correct. “As” is followed by a clause. Also, this choice maintains the parallelism by using “is” and “are”. What is the case with traditional pharmacies? It is that prescriptions are the cornerstone for their success. Hence, the comparison is parallel here.

D) As traditional pharmacies, so online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful: Incorrect. “As” is not followed by a clause.

E) Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore is prescriptions: Incorrect. This choice presents illogical comparison. Here “traditional pharmacies” have been compared to “the cornerstone”. Also, use of “so” is not correct.

1. In comparisons, “like” must be followed by a NOUN.
2. In comparisons, “as” must be followed by a CLAUSE.
3. Pronouns can only refer to nouns and other pronouns.
4. Comparison should always be logical.

Hope this helps. Thanks.

Really great explanation!! wish I could give bonus kudos for this wonderful post
_________________

Click +1 Kudos if my post helped...

Amazing Free video explanation for all Quant questions from OG 13 and much more http://www.gmatquantum.com/og13th/

GMAT Prep software What if scenarios http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-software-analysis-and-what-if-scenarios-146146.html

Kudos [?]: 1412 [0], given: 543

Manager
Status: need GMAT 700+
Joined: 02 Apr 2013
Posts: 56

Kudos [?]: 16 [0], given: 13

Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Technology
GMAT Date: 10-04-2013
GPA: 3.5
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

04 Sep 2013, 13:33
Wrong comparison in option A,B,D,E.
"Like" is used to compare noun/noun phrase and "As" is used to compare clauses
.

Last edited by mohit879 on 04 Sep 2013, 23:01, edited 1 time in total.

Kudos [?]: 16 [0], given: 13

Director
Joined: 14 Dec 2012
Posts: 832

Kudos [?]: 1596 [0], given: 197

Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Operations
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V34
GPA: 3.6

### Show Tags

04 Sep 2013, 13:43
mohit879 wrote:
Wrong comparison in option A,B,D,E.
"Like" is used to compare noun and "As" is used to compare noun phrase.

hi
sorry to say..but wanted to correct you.

LIKE is used to compare NOUN/NOUN PHRASE....but not CLAUSE OR PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES.

in option C we have a clause and not NOUN phrase.
As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore

THE CASE: SUBJECT
IS: VERB

hope it helps
_________________

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe ...then you will be successfull....

GIVE VALUE TO OFFICIAL QUESTIONS...

learn AWA writing techniques while watching video : http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-analytical-writing-assessment

Kudos [?]: 1596 [0], given: 197

Senior Manager
Joined: 03 Dec 2012
Posts: 330

Kudos [?]: 180 [0], given: 291

### Show Tags

03 Dec 2013, 03:23
The low success rate of the question made me shift towards D for a bit. I got C straightaway.

Kudos [?]: 180 [0], given: 291

Senior Manager
Joined: 17 Sep 2013
Posts: 387

Kudos [?]: 339 [0], given: 139

Concentration: Strategy, General Management
GMAT 1: 730 Q51 V38
WE: Analyst (Consulting)

### Show Tags

15 Dec 2014, 13:49
Just to add..I was expecting the online pharmacies after the comma....coz the initial modifier must modify the stuff intended..

But after some research I found this good discussion here
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... 20-15.html

Like requires a correct comparison between two nouns. No exceptions.- So had online pharmacies followed the comma-it would have been a correct choice too

As also requires a correct comparison, but with the entire clause, not just the nouns: - So in C we are good as far as the modifying the stuff intended rule is concerned--Also C maintains parallelism--
_________________

Appreciate the efforts...KUDOS for all
Don't let an extra chromosome get you down..

Kudos [?]: 339 [0], given: 139

Current Student
Joined: 06 Mar 2014
Posts: 270

Kudos [?]: 113 [0], given: 84

Location: India
GMAT Date: 04-30-2015

### Show Tags

03 Feb 2015, 04:10
Option C: As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore.

I think the word 'cornerstone' is actually adding to the meaning of the original sentence. Original sentence states that drugstore "relies" on prescriptions to be successful. This by no means implies that prescriptions are the "cornerstone" of success.

Comparitively, Option A seems better. As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful.
Here "it" does not have an antecedent because it is not supposed to have one. Here "it" refers to the property of "it" where it does not refer to any noun etc.
While the pronoun “it” is most often thought of as a pronoun taking the place of a thing, we also use “it” as a placeholder that helps us manipulate the subject and object of a sentence. In these cases, “it” does not have an antecedent.
Delayed Infinitive Subject with “it:” It is good for the body to run often.

Kudos [?]: 113 [0], given: 84

GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10120

Kudos [?]: 262 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

10 Jun 2016, 09:11
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.

Kudos [?]: 262 [0], given: 0

Intern
Status: Striving to get that elusive 740
Joined: 04 Jun 2017
Posts: 48

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 24

GMAT 1: 690 Q49 V35
GPA: 3.7
WE: Analyst (Consulting)

### Show Tags

16 Jun 2017, 10:54
I don't not really understand why we have eliminated B. Can someone please explain?

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 24

Senior Manager
Joined: 28 Mar 2017
Posts: 482

Kudos [?]: 121 [0], given: 126

### Show Tags

20 Aug 2017, 06:20
egmat wrote:
Hi All,

As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then buy other health-related items.

On reading the sentence carefully, we know that this sentence presents a comparison. The intended comparison is between traditional pharmacies and online drugstores. The point of comparison is that just like traditional pharmacies, online drugstores also depend upon the success of prescriptions for the said reason.
Since there is a comparison in this sentence, we can use either “LIKE + Noun” or “AS + Clause”. Let’s run the POE.

POE

A) As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful: Incorrect. Pronoun “it” is referring to the entire clause “online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful”. This is incorrect because a pronoun can only refer to a noun or a pronoun.

B) As with the case of traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success: Incorrect. Since “as” has been used for comparison in this choice, it must be followed by a clause. But “with the case of traditional pharmacies” is a prepositional phrase and not a clause.

C) As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore: Correct. “As” is followed by a clause. Also, this choice maintains the parallelism by using “is” and “are”. What is the case with traditional pharmacies? It is that prescriptions are the cornerstone for their success. Hence, the comparison is parallel here.

D) As traditional pharmacies, so online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful: Incorrect. “As” is not followed by a clause.

E) Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore is prescriptions: Incorrect. This choice presents illogical comparison. Here “traditional pharmacies” have been compared to “the cornerstone”. Also, use of “so” is not correct.

1. In comparisons, “like” must be followed by a NOUN.
2. In comparisons, “as” must be followed by a CLAUSE.
3. Pronouns can only refer to nouns and other pronouns.
4. Comparison should always be logical.

Hope this helps. Thanks.

Hello egmat,
For a non-native speaker like me who doesn't know the difference between a prepositional phrase and a clause, what strategy would you suggest for such questions?
Although I am trying to learn the difference between the two, it's hard at times to distinguish between the two.

Regards
_________________

Kudos if my post helps!

1. e-GMAT's ALL SC Compilation

Kudos [?]: 121 [0], given: 126

Manager
Joined: 05 Oct 2016
Posts: 170

Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 11

Location: China
Concentration: Healthcare, Entrepreneurship
WE: Sales (Health Care)

### Show Tags

08 Sep 2017, 22:25
after going through the threads i have to say that "as is the case with..." is an idiomacit expression and no other comparison or parallelism problems..
_________________

LSAT CR is driving me mad

Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 11

Re: As it is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores   [#permalink] 08 Sep 2017, 22:25

Go to page   Previous    1   2   3   4   5   6   [ 114 posts ]

Display posts from previous: Sort by