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"As" versus "like" - PowerScore

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New post 06 Feb 2018, 15:07
Hi everyone,

I had studied on @e-gmat that we can make a comparison using AS (for clause comparison: "Amy takes care of the children as a mother does."), OR using LIKE (for noun comparison: "Amy takes care of the children like a mother.")

Although, PowerScore SC bible says that "all comparisons should use the preposition LIKE", and considers wrong the use of AS in a comparison, even if it's a clause comparison.

I'm confused - what should I consider right for the GMAT test?

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I had studied on @e-gmat that we can make a comparison using AS (for clause comparison: "Amy takes care of the children as a mother does."), OR using LIKE (for noun comparison: "Amy takes care of the children like a mother.")

Although, PowerScore SC bible says that "all comparisons should use the preposition LIKE", and considers wrong the use of AS in a comparison, even if it's a clause comparison.

I'm confused - what should I consider right for the GMAT test?


Hi there!

I haven't read the Powerscore SC, but I can tell you that "AS + Clause" can be used for comparison, and is 100% correct on the GMAT. This is a perfectly valid statement:

Amy takes care of the children as a mother does.

Replace "as" with "similar to" to understand the comparison. In this example, GMAT says that 'as + clause' and 'like + noun' gives the same meaning, so either can be used. But "as + noun" cannot be used for comparison because in that case, "as" is not a comparison conjunction, it is considered a preposition. Similarly, 'like' is a preposition and must be followed by a noun and not a clause. 'Like' is used to compare nouns.

Here is an official example in which "as + clause" is used in the right answer choice.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/according-to ... 07775.html

Please let me know if you have any questions. Hope this helps.
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Thank you sdlife! !
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