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# In many upper class Egyptian homes, French was spoken within

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06 Aug 2011, 09:41
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In many upper class Egyptian homes, French was spoken within the family, just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy.

A. just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy

B. just like it once had been among the Russian aristocracy

C. just as the Russian aristocracy had once done

D. similar to what the Russian aristocracy had done once

E. like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy
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06 Aug 2011, 09:56
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In many upper class Egyptian homes, French was spoken within the family, just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy.

A. just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy

B. just like it once had been among the Russian aristocracy

C. just as the Russian aristocracy had once done

D. similar to what the Russian aristocracy had done once

E. like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy

In this sentence two actions are being compared. Action of language being spoken. so LIKE can be eliminated altogether as like is used for comparing nouns. B and E gone. Now between A & C, we see that non- underlined part of sentence is in passive voice. 'french was spoken ' , so the underlined part of sentence should have a similar construction. french was spoken - just as it had once been. Both are in passive , Thus A is correct. Look at C it doesn't emphasis the language but instead emphasises the russian aristocracy and changes the construction to active voice. We can't have two forms of voice in one sentence . so B and D out.
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06 Aug 2011, 09:43
I chose C.

A- it refers to an act rather than something concrete- wrong
B- same as above- wrong
C- correct, and concise too
D- done once.. once? not again??- wrong
E- like... - wrong

Can someone please explain why the answer is A and not C.

Thanks.
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06 Aug 2011, 14:13
well answer choices can be eliminated as below

A- let's keep it for a while
B- Like is used to compare nouns/pronouns...whereas here sentence is comparing use of french
C and D - Wrong modifiers as, not Russian Aristrocracy but french Language Use had to be modified.
E- Missing pronoun for Subject on what was done by Russian's

Out of all only possible is A
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06 Aug 2011, 20:02
+1 for A.

A good "like" vs "as" question.

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21 Dec 2011, 07:26
Parallelism is required. Like cannot be used. A
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21 Dec 2011, 07:46
Y, just as X

Choice A is the correct one.
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21 Dec 2011, 08:29
Its should be A, in C C the meaning is reverse
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21 Dec 2011, 09:18
+1 A , good question to brush up the parallel question basics
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amritgodofwar wrote:
In many upper class Egyptian homes, French was spoken within the family, just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy.
A. just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy
B. just like it once had been among the Russian aristocracy
C. just as the Russian aristocracy had once done
D. similar to what the Russian aristocracy had done once
E. like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy

In this sentence two actions are being compared. Action of language being spoken. so LIKE can be eliminated altogether as like is used for comparing nouns. B and E gone. Now between A & C, we see that non- underlined part of sentence is in passive voice. 'french was spoken ' , so the underlined part of sentence should have a similar construction. french was spoken - just as it had once been. Both are in passive , Thus A is correct. Look at C it doesn't emphasis the language but instead emphasises the russian aristocracy and changes the construction to active voice. We can't have two forms of voice in one sentence . so B and D out.

Hi AJ85,
I would like to emphasize that use of Active & passive voice is NOT THE MAIN difference between option A & C.
Option C compares two actions "French was spoken in many Egyptian homes" & "Russian aristocracy has done once" but the comparison does not make any logical sense.
On the contrary option A compares two actions "French was spoken in many Egyptian homes" & "French had once been spoken among Russian aristocracy" , and thus the comparison makes any logical sense.

Even though option A is best among the rest, but i feel the quality of this question is quite POOR for 2 reasons:-
a) Split infinitive is used in option A (Incorrect most of the times)
b) Pronoun "IT" cannot stand for a Clause/action.

Hope it helps.
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27 Aug 2013, 22:34
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I chose A - uses as and passive voice as in the main clause

B and E - like should not be used for comparing actions

C and D - active voice is being used
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27 Aug 2013, 23:21
A - contender, looks good
B - Just like never true in GMAT
C - Contender , keep it
D - Similar to/Like used to compare nouns not the act i.e. clause or phrase, here similar to is used to compare many upper class Egyptian homes with the act the Russian had done. So false.
E - same as D

Now left with A and C, well now looking at the meaning of the sentence which talks about the language French but in C the language French is not mentioned at all and in A the pronoun it clearly refers to French. Hence A is true
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27 Aug 2013, 23:50
In many upper class Egyptian homes, French was spoken within the family, just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy.

A. just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy

Correct

B. just like it once had been among the Russian aristocracy

there is redundancy when we use "just" and "like" together, also like cannot be used for comparing actions

C. just as the Russian aristocracy had once done

didn't sound right to me

D. similar to what the Russian aristocracy had done once

change of meaning as "just as" means exactly same, while "similar" is not exactly same

E. like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy

like cannot be used for comparing actions

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In many upper class Egyptian homes, French was spoken within the family, just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy.

A. just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy -- repetition of verb spoken is elided in second half -- sentence is in passive -- looks ok

B. just like it once had been among the Russian aristocracy -- we can not place a clause after like

C. just as the Russian aristocracy had once done -- sentence is in active voice but main clause in passive voice.

D. similar to what the Russian aristocracy had done once -- active voice -- bad sentence.

E. like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy -- we can not place clause after like
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06 Feb 2017, 18:36
does anybody feel "it" in A can refer to the French as well as family? doesn't seem ambiguious?
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28 Dec 2017, 06:30
This one is about the correct use of ellipses and comparison.

In many upper class Egyptian homes, French was spoken within the family, just as it had once been spoken among the Russian aristocracy.
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