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# During a divorce, children are often viewed like bargaining

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During a divorce, children are often viewed like bargaining [#permalink]

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During a divorce, children are often viewed like bargaining chips; it is important for parents to remember that a child's well-being must be considered separately from the division of property.

A) viewed like bargaining chips; it is
B) viewed as bargaining chips; it is

Well, I know that like should followed by a noun (A)
Where as should be used to introduce a dependent clause which is not the case in our example.

so why the answer is B, not A?

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21 Aug 2009, 23:33
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What you said is totally correct; however, in this case the sentence is testing the idiom view as . You just cannot say, I think, view like ...

you might want to check this idiom list comprehensive-gmat-idiom-list-80342.html

let me know if you need a better explanation

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22 Aug 2009, 08:21
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
What you said is totally correct; however, in this case the sentence is testing the idiom view as . You just cannot say, I think, view like ...

you might want to check this idiom list comprehensive-gmat-idiom-list-80342.html

let me know if you need a better explanation

oh ok....got it

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24 Aug 2009, 08:59
With the same analogy, can anyone help explaining why 'as' is preferred over 'like' here:

1) Just like swimming is good exercise skiing is a great way to burn calories.
2) Just as swimming is good exercise skiing is a great way to burn calories.

Aren't swimming and skiing nouns? Shouldn't we use like?

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24 Aug 2009, 09:38
balboa wrote:
With the same analogy, can anyone help explaining why 'as' is preferred over 'like' here:

1) Just like swimming is good exercise skiing is a great way to burn calories.
2) Just as swimming is good exercise skiing is a great way to burn calories.

Aren't swimming and skiing nouns? Shouldn't we use like?

here it is a clause comparison with verb 'is'.
comparison: "swimming is .." <===> "skiing is"
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24 Aug 2009, 09:57
Ok, makes sense but what about...

1) Bella and June, LIKE their mother, are extremely smart. OR
2) Frank's build, like that of his brother, is extremely broad and muscular.

In 1: Here the word "are" represents the 'to be' form of being so why are we not using 'as' to compare their "smartness".
in 2: Again the form "to be" in the form of "is" is being used. Is 'Frank's build' a noun?

Thanks for helping out with this.

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24 Aug 2009, 13:04
balboa wrote:
Ok, makes sense but what about...

1) Bella and June, LIKE their mother, are extremely smart. OR
2) Frank's build, like that of his brother, is extremely broad and muscular.

In 1: Here the word "are" represents the 'to be' form of being so why are we not using 'as' to compare their "smartness".
in 2: Again the form "to be" in the form of "is" is being used. Is 'Frank's build' a noun?

Thanks for helping out with this.

If we say "I work as a librarian", it means I have the 'capacity' of being called a librarian (think of librarian being replaced by I). In sentence 1, a comparison is being made between Bella/June and their mother. Similarly (2).

We always say "People like you inspire me" and not "People as you inspire me".

Hope it helps.

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24 Aug 2009, 13:52
"as" is typically used with S+V except in some cases like the one you brought up...

The different between "as" in this case and "like" is that "as" means the subject really functions as the noun following "as", while "like" suggests only a similar case

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24 Aug 2009, 14:01
sudeep wrote:
balboa wrote:
With the same analogy, can anyone help explaining why 'as' is preferred over 'like' here:

1) Just like swimming is good exercise skiing is a great way to burn calories.
2) Just as swimming is good exercise skiing is a great way to burn calories.

Aren't swimming and skiing nouns? Shouldn't we use like?

here it is a clause comparison with verb 'is'.
comparison: "swimming is .." <===> "skiing is"

Just as X is Y A is B.
Wouldn't putting a comma and adding an article make more sense?
I suggest: Just as swimming is a good exercise, skiing is a great way to burn calories.
Anyone?

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06 Sep 2009, 10:02
Here is an example of how "as" if used. This is a question from OG.

Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be hazardous substances, but many of them can be harmful to health,especially if they are used improperly.

(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be
(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being
(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being
(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as
(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers as

The correct asnwer is (D).

Not how "as" is used to substitute the "household cleaning products" for hazardous substances.

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