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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) similiar to what the Russian aristocracy had done once
E) like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy
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07 Nov 2005, 16:57
I also chose C however that is not the correct answer. This is a real gmat question.
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07 Nov 2005, 18:05
Pleae do not post real official question here in the future or modify it enough so that it looks different. The policy of this forum is to avoid any issue on that subject.

- we need AS and not LIKE
- SIMILAR TO doesn't seem idiomatic with the begining of the sentence (I am not sure but that's my feeling)
so between A and C, A seems better... in C i mam not sure it is clear what the Russian have done..
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07 Nov 2005, 18:54
Another A.

As > like

Therefore, we have only A and C left. C is out because it is not clear what they did.

joemama142000 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) similiar to what the Russian aristocracy had done once
E) like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy
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07 Nov 2005, 20:05
I too would go for A
This question is about choosing "As" vs "Like". Like is to be chosen when its Noun-Noun and As when its Noun-verb.
Am i right guys?
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07 Nov 2005, 23:50
I vote for A.

A/C - A is the lesser evil.

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10 Nov 2005, 14:25
it in A and B is Ambiguous.

D is out because the use of simillar here is unidiomatic.

between E and C we need to look what the comparison is. The comparison is between to actions, so we need to use as instead of like.

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10 Nov 2005, 17:21
Got A as well.

We cannot say as was done[/i]
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29 Jun 2007, 11:46
nakib77 wrote:
it in A and B is Ambiguous.

D is out because the use of simillar here is unidiomatic.

similar to = like
we need just as because we are comparing similar actions.
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08 Aug 2010, 21:21
Between A and C, I didn't choose A because i thought "it" doesn't have a clear antecedent. What is wrong with my logic?
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09 Aug 2010, 18:00
Hey All,

Just a quick word on like versus as. A lot of people use that explanation "actions" versus "nouns". I don't like it. And the reason I don't like it is that a lot of actions ARE nouns. For example:

Like swimming, jogging is good the for blood.

We don't need "as" there, even though both swimming and jogging are nouns.

The correct explanation of the difference between the two is that like compares NOUNS, and as compares CLAUSES (a group of words containing a verb IN A TENSE).

EXAMPLES. Decide if you like or don't like these 4 on your own, then check the key at the end.

1. Just like swimming is good exercise, so is jazzercise.

2. Even though Dave, like my brother, is crazy, I still like him.

3. Monopoly is quickly becoming a very popular game, just like The Game of Life once did.

4. Like a man running for his life in the wilderness, the panther is nearly extinct.

1. The first set of words has a verb in it here, which means it must be a clause. This means that it is not correct as written. We need "as".

2. "Like my brother" has no verb in it, which means we are simply comparing nouns, and the sentence is correct as written.

3. The words after the comma do contain a verb ("did"), meaning this is a clause, so we should have "as", not "like".

4. "Running" is not actually a verb, it's a participle. There is no verb in the first phrase here, meaning it is not a clause, so the "like" is correct.

Hope that helps!

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