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# Comparisons with "as"

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08 Feb 2014, 05:44
Hi, I know that we use as to compare verbs and like to compare nouns.

Can we omit verbs when we are comparing 2 actions. Example:

- He learned to think as a lawyer does.
- He learned to think as a lawyer.
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10 Feb 2014, 13:24
9090bb wrote:
Hi, I know that we use as to compare verbs and like to compare nouns.

Can we omit verbs when we are comparing 2 actions. Example:

- He learned to think as a lawyer does.
- He learned to think as a lawyer.

On the GMAT, you need a clause with a verb to use 'as'. In your example, you would need to write "He learned to think like a lawyer" because without the verb you are really comparing him with a lawyer (2 nouns) in terms of their style of thinking. When you say, "He learned to think as a lawyer does" you have changed the comparison to the actual thinking processes that he and the lawyer both share. No verb, no 'as'.

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Re: Comparisons with "as"   [#permalink] 10 Feb 2014, 13:24
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