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# For some reason the new consultant treats his clients like

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310. For some reason the new consultant treats his clients like idiots, talking to them like they were mentally deficient and incapable of understanding more than the simplest ideas.
(A) like idiots, talking to them like they
(B) as if they were idiots, talking to them like they
(C) like idiots, talking to them as if they
(D) as idiots, talking to them like they
(E) like idiots who

Is E wrong?
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I agree, C is the correct answer.
"who" or "like" cannot work because of the past tense in the second part.
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20 Jan 2013, 05:11
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echizen wrote:
I agree, C is the correct answer.
"who" or "like" cannot work because of the past tense in the second part.

Can you give me an example?? ... I don't understand why A is wrong ...

A is wrong

For some reason the new consultant treats his clients like idiots, talking to them like they were mentally deficient and incapable of understanding more than the simplest ideas.

To make comparison followed by clause "as" should be used.. "like" should not be followed by clause.

So C will be choice here
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c is correct
"as if" should be use before a clause
"like" should be use before a noun or a oronoun
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07 Dec 2008, 16:15
I think its C.
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07 Dec 2008, 22:03
C is th best choice
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310. For some reason the new consultant treats his clients like idiots, talking to them like they were mentally deficient and incapable of understanding more than the simplest ideas.
(A) like idiots, talking to them like they
(B) as if they were idiots, talking to them like they
(C) like idiots, talking to them as if they
(D) as idiots, talking to them like they
(E) like idiots who

Is E wrong?
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08 Dec 2008, 00:07
Yes OA is C only, thanks.
echizen wrote:
I agree, C is the correct answer.
"who" or "like" cannot work because of the past tense in the second part.
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08 Dec 2008, 04:47
E is fundamentally changing the intended meaning by modifying "idiots". C is best - i.e. we need modifying clause to modify the whole pre-comma section.
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08 Dec 2008, 05:17
agree with C

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like is used to compare nouns and 'as' is used in phrase
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08 Dec 2008, 08:22
C IMO
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15 Jun 2011, 05:09
Can someone explain this??
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19 Jun 2011, 04:21
treating clients like idiots, who were.. who were refers to idiots more than the clients here.. doesn't really make sense in this way..

treating clients like idiots as if they were.. 'as if they', meaning that they refer to the clients being treated AS idiots
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20 Jan 2013, 03:40
echizen wrote:
I agree, C is the correct answer.
"who" or "like" cannot work because of the past tense in the second part.

Can you give me an example?? ... I don't understand why A is wrong ...
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For people confused between C & E :

The consultant is treating clients like idiots and talking to them as if they were mentally deficient; not idiots who are are mentally deficient. The phrase " Talking to " is essential to conserve the meaning of the original sentence.
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