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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

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New post 07 Jun 2009, 08:48
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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



I choose option C because I recognize the need to have "as if" to agree with "were." However, I was confused with the use of "like" because I know that it's normally used to compare nouns, but I think the sentence is comparing actions, so "as" should be used. If option C is indeed correct, how come "like" is acceptable in this scenario?

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New post 07 Jun 2009, 08:54
My choice is C. "Like" is required and "as if" convey the intention of original sentence.

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New post 08 Jun 2009, 05:54
prinits wrote:
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


C

by the way, the subject/title of the question made me laugh though :-D

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New post 09 Jun 2009, 22:17
yeah C,

good example of like vs. as. "clients" and "idiots" are nouns, so use like. "talking" is a verb within the clause, so use "as". This sentence also uses the subjunctive mood correctly.

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New post 11 Jun 2009, 04:37
tarek99 wrote:
I choose option C because I recognize the need to have "as if" to agree with "were." However, I was confused with the use of "like" because I know that it's normally used to compare nouns, but I think the sentence is comparing actions, so "as" should be used. If option C is indeed correct, how come "like" is acceptable in this scenario?


I fully agree to tarek. I vote for C. I was also bit reluctant to choose C, but then we don't have any better option.
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New post 30 Jun 2009, 09:42
The usage of "like" and "as":
Like + N.
As + N. or +Sentence

Therefore, (A), (B) and (D) are all wrong. (...like they were mentally deficient...)

Also, since (E) alters the meaning of the sentence, (C) is correct.

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