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# Idiom..Just as ...so

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04 Nov 2010, 19:14
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Hi,

Pls let us know which idiomatic usage is correct?

JUST AS we did last year, we will win this year
OR
JUST AS we did last year, SO we will win this year
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29 Nov 2010, 12:58
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A quick correction...

"Just as X, Y..."

AND

"Just as X, so Y..."

are BOTH correct idioms, so I wouldn't worry about the distinction for GMAT purposes.

... a bonus lesson here about "as" and "like":

It is dangerous to mix these two for any purposes.

Like: Can only be used to compare nouns
As: Can be used to compare clauses

"My uncle looks like my aunt." --> Correct: We're saying the two look similar to each other.
"My uncle looks at me as my aunt does."--> Correct: We're saying they both look at me in a similar way.

"My uncle looks as my aunt." --> Incorrect because "my aunt" is not a clause and needs "like."
"My uncle looks at me like my aunt does." --> Incorrect because we're comparing two clauses (how my uncle looks at me and how my aunt looks at me) and thus we need to use "as" instead of "like."

Hope that helps!

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07 Nov 2010, 13:29
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Replace "JUST AS" with "LIKE".

Now you know which one is right
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07 Nov 2010, 16:46
Correct!

JUST AS we did last year, we will win this year.
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29 Nov 2010, 13:50
I still don't understand why (1) is (2) better than the other.
both are correct idioms....can someone please explain in context of this Vs...explaining "like" vs "As"...

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29 Nov 2010, 13:58
amma4u,

Maybe I'm misunderstanding your question, but both of the following are idiomatically correct:

JUST AS we did last year, we will win this year
OR
JUST AS we did last year, SO we will win this year

Do you have a specific problem that requires you to choose between these two choices? If so, please share it.

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30 Nov 2010, 09:43
Hi BKimball,

Thank you so much for your previous response.
If both are correct why is (1) better than (2) ?

Thanks
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05 Dec 2010, 06:40
Amma,

If two sentences are both 100% grammatically correct, then I'd go with the more concise answer. No reason to waste words!

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29 Nov 2019, 09:54
This question is from the official guide according to the question bank. I don't know why D is incorrect and B correct as both of them should be ok. ¿Is there any preference for choosing JUST AS..., SO according to GMAT?

Just as reading Samuel Pepy's diary gives a student a sense of the seventeenth century—of its texture and psyche—so Jane Freed's Guileless Child Narrator takes the operagoer inside turn-of-the century Vienna.

(A) so Jane Freed's Guileless Child Narrator takes the operagoer
(B) so listening to Jane Freed's Guileless Child Narrator takes the operagoer
(C) so the Guileless Child Narrator of Jane Freed takes the operagoer
(D) listening to Jane Freed's Guileless Child Narrator takes the operagoer
(E) Jane Freed's Guileless Child Narrator takes the operagoer to her opera

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