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

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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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05 Feb 2010, 09:10
amitanand wrote:
Hi Experts,
Could anyone look into the following question:

Q: 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 items.
A. As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
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

Thanks
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This is a classic example of a like vs as comparison question. Like is used when two nouns are compared and as when two actions performed by two nouns are compared. The question statement is evidently wrong. "Online drug stores rely on prescriptions for success, as it is with traditional pharmacies". "It" before the traditional pharmacies isn't clear what it is referring to, the reliance on prescriptions or the online drugstores? So A is out, all other options except for E suffer the "like" vs "as" comparison problem. On the whole, E solves the comparison issue, comparing traditional pharmacies with online drugstores accurately.

So my take is E. Was a tougher though!!!!
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05 Feb 2010, 11:54
I think D is correct can any one post OA?
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05 Feb 2010, 13:43
Will go with C - it modifies prescription correctly.
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10 Nov 2011, 10:56
what you guys say on the structure "As X,y...." which is nt present in D
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25 Mar 2012, 17:16
C... "As is the case" is the correct construction
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25 Mar 2012, 22:23
C is correct because of correct comparison.....!!!
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25 Mar 2012, 23:00
+1 A.

Compares the Traditional pahrmacy with the online drug store.

Whats the OA ?
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25 Mar 2012, 23:13
+ A

As is used to compare two clauses

First clause: It is ....
Second clause : drugstores rely

no other option is grammatically correct
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26 Mar 2012, 02:30
Confused between B and C, but inclined to C
can anyone please explain how you negated B?
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26 Mar 2012, 10:38
+1 for C..OA plz.. would like to see an expert weigh in on this one
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27 Mar 2012, 09:59
Vote for A

A. As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
--> it referes to the prescription - correct comparision of clauses

B. As with the case of traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to have success
--> whats the case here?

C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore
--> whats the case here?

D. As traditional pharmacies, so online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
--> incorrect comparision - traditional pharmacies compared with online drug store rely on prescription

E. Like traditional pharmacies, the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore is prescriptions
--> traditional pharmacies compared to corner stone

whats the OA?
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27 Mar 2012, 10:41
I guessed C. I feel that's the right answer.
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28 Mar 2012, 19:36
C, here as well.

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15 Apr 2012, 10:05
I just googled this question. OA is C. +1 for me
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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.

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.
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amitanand wrote:
Hi Experts,
Could anyone look into the following question:

Q: 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 items.
A. As it is with traditional pharmacies, online drugstores rely on prescriptions to be successful
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

Thanks
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C. As is the case with traditional pharmacies, prescriptions are the cornerstone of a successful online drugstore
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27 Apr 2012, 06:51
D

As X, so Y - is a parallel structure. We compare traditional pharmacies with online drug stores.

I do not see any parallelism in C. we cannot compare case of traditional pharmacies with prescriptions.

What is OA?
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27 Apr 2012, 11:53
samatace wrote:
C it is. Do not know why1

construction i marked above is common for such usage

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JubtaGubar wrote:
D

As X, so Y - is a parallel structure. We compare traditional pharmacies with online drug stores.

I do not see any parallelism in C. we cannot compare case of traditional pharmacies with prescriptions.

What is OA?

C is OA,
As X, so Y --- X,Y are clauses here but in case at hand X is noun

I hope it clears the doubt
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