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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

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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 also buy other health-related products.

A. ....
B. As with the case of traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success
C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore
D. As traditional pharmacies, so online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
E. Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore is prescriptions

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Let's deconstruct the sentence:

As it is with traditional pharmacies-The author here is trying to compare something with "it is" of the traditional pharmacies

on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful, OK so we are comparing dependence of success of both on-line and traditional pharmacies on prescriptions. Cool!

since it is primarily prescriptions that attract the customers, who then also buy other health-related items. Reason behind why prescriptions are important.

So, the author wants to say that- for an online pharmacy to be successful, it has to rely a lot on prescriptions. And this dependence on prescriptions for success is no different in the case of traditional pharmacies.

Let's look at the options:

a) As it (what does "it" refer to? It is not a placeholder either, but we cannot elimate just because of it, lets look for more errors )is with traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful This is nonsensical. The Author intends to say that for the store to be successful, prescriptions are important. prescriptions to be successful does not make sense.

b) As with(there is some problem with "as with" I am not sure what it is :? ) the case of traditional pharmacies, on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success "To have success" is awkward

c) As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the conrnerstone of a successful on-line drugstore- good. The intended meaning and comparison with the traditional pharmacy is aptly done.

d) As traditional pharmacies(as traditional pharmacies what? As followed by noun acts as a function, we need a comparison here), so on-line drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful (as discussed above, prescriptions to be successful is distorting the intended meaning.

e) Like traditional pharmacies(we are not comparing traditional pharmacies, but we are comparing the dependence on prescriptions), the cornerstone of a successful on-line drugstore is prescriptions

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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.

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maaadhu 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Correct Answer C.
Wrong comparison in option A,B,D,E.
"Like" is used to compare noun/noun phrase and "As" is used to compare clauses
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Correct Answer C.
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

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The low success rate of the question made me shift towards D for a bit. I got C straightaway. :teleport

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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--
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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.
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I don't not really understand why we have eliminated B. Can someone please explain?

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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.

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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.

Image

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.

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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.
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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.

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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..
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