GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 19 Apr 2019, 02:13

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

help with cracking comparisons

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 28 Apr 2016
Posts: 87
help with cracking comparisons  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 12 Jul 2017, 02:31
I am in the last leg of my preparation and understanding comparisons on difficult and medium difficulty questions (such as these https://gmatclub.com/forum/during-an-ice-age-the-buildup-of-ice-at-the-poles-and-the-144953.html) always confuse me, especially on as vs like questions.

Can someone please share a strategy for better deciphering comparisons, or at least some tips on how to improve this lacuna

Thanks in advance :-D
Senior CR Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: Long way to go!
Joined: 10 Oct 2016
Posts: 1354
Location: Viet Nam
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: help with cracking comparisons  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 12 Jul 2017, 02:41
ameyaprabhu wrote:
I am in the last leg of my preparation and understanding comparisons on difficult and medium difficulty questions (such as these https://gmatclub.com/forum/during-an-ice-age-the-buildup-of-ice-at-the-poles-and-the-144953.html) always confuse me, especially on as vs like questions.

Can someone please share a strategy for better deciphering comparisons, or at least some tips on how to improve this lacuna

Thanks in advance :-D


Did you try Manhattan Guide Set, especially SC Guide?
_________________
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 28 Apr 2016
Posts: 87
Re: help with cracking comparisons  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 12 Jul 2017, 03:05
Yes Manhattan has helped me understand the rules but my problem is with identifying what is being compared, especially on as/like questions.
eg. in this question https://gmatclub.com/forum/during-an-ice-age-the-buildup-of-ice-at-the-poles-and-the-144953.html
I got confused with whether Earth is being compared with a figure skater or whether the Earth rotation is being compared with the figure skater's rotation. And this is the main reason why I end up goofing up on even simple questions.


nguyendinhtuong wrote:
ameyaprabhu wrote:
I am in the last leg of my preparation and understanding comparisons on difficult and medium difficulty questions (such as these https://gmatclub.com/forum/during-an-ice-age-the-buildup-of-ice-at-the-poles-and-the-144953.html) always confuse me, especially on as vs like questions.

Can someone please share a strategy for better deciphering comparisons, or at least some tips on how to improve this lacuna

Thanks in advance :-D


Did you try Manhattan Guide Set, especially SC Guide?
Senior CR Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: Long way to go!
Joined: 10 Oct 2016
Posts: 1354
Location: Viet Nam
GMAT ToolKit User
help with cracking comparisons  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 12 Jul 2017, 03:21
I quote the question here

Quote:
During an ice age, the buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator speed up the Earth’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


Besides the grammar, you also need to understand the meaning of that question.

The comparison is made between two facts: [the buildup of ice at the poles and the drop in water levels near the equator] speed up [the Earth’s rotation], and [a spinning figure skater] increases speed [by drawing in her arms].

Two action are compared here, so must use 'as', not 'like'.
_________________
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 30 Mar 2016
Posts: 39
Re: help with cracking comparisons  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post Updated on: 12 Jul 2017, 05:06
1
ameyaprabhu wrote:
I am in the last leg of my preparation and understanding comparisons on difficult and medium difficulty questions (such as these https://gmatclub.com/forum/during-an-ice-age-the-buildup-of-ice-at-the-poles-and-the-144953.html) always confuse me, especially on as vs like questions.

Can someone please share a strategy for better deciphering comparisons, or at least some tips on how to improve this lacuna

Thanks in advance :-D

Hi ameyprabhu,

I am not a GMAT expert. I just wanna share my experience :)

- General rule: compare APPLES to APPLES [people vs people, thing vs thing, etc.]. To properly compare, we also need PARALLELISM structure [noun vs noun, clause vs clause, phrase vs phrase, etc.]

-Short rule: Like vs As

+ "As" used to compare clauses.

+ "Like" used to compare nouns.

- Comparison and Reverse construction: check out the link below:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=219824

- Last but not least, always try to understand the intended meaning of the sentence.

Hope this helps :)

Happy learning :)


Sent from my SM-T116NU using GMAT Club Forum mobile app

Originally posted by SISDIT on 12 Jul 2017, 03:49.
Last edited by SISDIT on 12 Jul 2017, 05:06, edited 1 time in total.
VP
VP
User avatar
P
Joined: 27 Mar 2010
Posts: 1270
Location: India
Schools: ISB
GPA: 3.31
Re: help with cracking comparisons  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 12 Jul 2017, 04:44
ameyaprabhu wrote:
I am in the last leg of my preparation and understanding comparisons on difficult and medium difficulty questions (such as these https://gmatclub.com/forum/during-an-ice-age-the-buildup-of-ice-at-the-poles-and-the-144953.html) always confuse me, especially on as vs like questions.

Hi ameyaprabhu, thought I would highlight that our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses As vs Like, its application and examples in significant detail. If someone is interested, PM me your email-id; I can mail the corresponding section.
_________________
Thanks,
Ashish
EducationAisle, Bangalore

Sentence Correction Nirvana available on Amazon.in and Flipkart

Now! Preview the entire Grammar Section of Sentence Correction Nirvana at pothi.com
GMAT Club Bot
Re: help with cracking comparisons   [#permalink] 12 Jul 2017, 04:44
Display posts from previous: Sort by

help with cracking comparisons

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderator: souvonik2k



Copyright

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.