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# As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a

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134. As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.
(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is
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10 Aug 2007, 19:48
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E for me.

Since we have choise I prefer using whether

"rarer" 'cos comparision is used
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10 Aug 2007, 19:57
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134. As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.
(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

definitely between D and E... I think "like" is used in the wrong context so going with E as the answer.

The rarer something becomes, whether it is a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp,the more avidly it is sought by collectors.
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Re: SC1000 #134 - Stamp [#permalink]

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10 Aug 2007, 20:18
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definitely between D and E... I think "like" is used in the wrong context so going with E as the answer.

The rarer something becomes, whether it is a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp,the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

I think it is E. like is used to compare nouns. Hence the use of like in D is incorrect.
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E for me. The use of like to introduce examples in wrong in D.
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11 Aug 2007, 04:37
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the list of examples should be introduced wtih "such as" -- not "like".
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11 Aug 2007, 04:43
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E fo me too. The sentence is parallel The rarer ... the more avidly... and whether is appropriately used to introduce a few choices.
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Re: SC1000 #134 - Stamp [#permalink]

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27 May 2010, 03:57
I think WHETHER is used here as emphasizing on the items. Whatever their use/monetary value are. LIKE is incorrect usage here.
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Re: SC1000 #134 - Stamp [#permalink]

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07 Sep 2011, 08:07
crackHSW wrote:
Straight E

is it E but still little confused on why cannt we use like when ( postage stamps, basket ball cards etc are all nouns).

can some explain this plzzz.
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Re: As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a [#permalink]

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27 Feb 2014, 04:29
E, of course!

I wasn't sure about the usage of 'rarer' since we non natives prefer to use 'More rare' and selected the choice E based just on the usage

turns out, the usage 'rarer' perfectly OK

http://www.quora.com/English-language/W ... -more-rare

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30 Jun 2015, 20:29
helpmeongmat wrote:
134. As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.
(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

what is wrong with Option B ???
I do not know how to select between "As rare as something becomes" and "the rarer something becomes" ??
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30 Jun 2015, 23:38
I would go with Option B.

Unable to decide between 'As rare as' and 'rarer something'

strange structure. Definitely a learning curve for me.

helpmeongmat wrote:
134. As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.
(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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