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# During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the

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During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator speed up the Earthâ€™s rotation, like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in.

(A) like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in
(B) like the increased speed of a figure skater when her arms are drawn in
(C) like a figure skater who increases speed while spinning with her arms drawn in
(D) just as a spinning figure skater who increases speed by drawing in her arms
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms

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25 Aug 2006, 02:14
Picking E....

It cannot be like (rem : we are comparing actions here) ...so A,B,C go out of the window...

D concentrates more on the skater than the act itself... While we use just as to focus on the act, the statement itself creates the problem by focussing on the skater...

This error is removed in E...which highlights the act and not the skater.

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25 Aug 2006, 11:16
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arm

Can someone clarify the following:
"just as" indicates similarity in actions...

"like" indicates similarity in nouns?

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25 Aug 2006, 11:42
Just as is better usage than Like.

E is more concise.

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26 Aug 2006, 10:45
OA is E

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26 Aug 2006, 10:53
sangarelli wrote:
could be (E)

Should be E!
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Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Is the answer A, B, C, D or E?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?

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27 Aug 2006, 08:55
One of the few cases where "just as" is acceptable. Professor, can you comment on this?

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31 Aug 2006, 01:17
GMATT73 wrote:
One of the few cases where "just as" is acceptable. Professor, can you comment on this?

I'm with E too...but may I please have some more info on the cases where 'just as' is acceptable/not acceptable?

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31 Aug 2006, 19:08
matt, sorry for being late as i was out of town for few days.

"just as...., so too" is a correct idiom.
"just as" is like "as" when we compare clauses.

GMATT73 wrote:
One of the few cases where "just as" is acceptable. Professor, can you comment on this?

Futuristic wrote:
During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator speed up the Earthâ€™s rotation, like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in.

(A) like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in
(B) like the increased speed of a figure skater when her arms are drawn in
(C) like a figure skater who increases speed while spinning with her arms drawn in
(D) just as a spinning figure skater who increases speed by drawing in her arms
(E) just as a spinning figure skater increases speed by drawing in her arms

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Re: SC: Skating with mammoths in the ice age [#permalink]

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31 Aug 2006, 19:19
Professor wrote:
matt, sorry for being late as i was out of town for few days.

"just as...., so too" is a correct idiom.
"just as" is like "as" when we compare clauses.

GMATT73 wrote:
One of the few cases where "just as" is acceptable. Professor, can you comment on this?

Futuristic wrote:
During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator speed up the Earthâ€™s rotation, like a spinning figure skater whose speed increases when her arms are drawn in.

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27 Sep 2006, 19:29
Could somebody please explain me when we use "like" and when we use "just as" (cannot find the unswer using "search" )?

As I understand we use "just as":
"just as...., so too" is a correct idiom.
"just as" is like "as" when we compare clauses.

But when we can use "like"?

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27 Sep 2006, 20:06
E it is.
Comparison of clauses.

Regards,
Brajesh

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