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965. 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 been among the Russian aristocracy
(C) just as Russian aristocracy had once done
(D) similar to what the Russian aristocracy had once done
(E) like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy

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27 Dec 2007, 19:01
965. In many upper-class Egyptian homes, French was spoken within the family, [u]just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy.[u/]
(A) just as it had once been among the Russian aristocracy
(B) just like it once been among the Russian aristocracy
(C) just as Russian aristocracy had once done
(D) similar to what the Russian aristocracy had once done
(E) like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy

B/E - eliminate choices with "like"
C/D - eliminate because "had once done" sounds awk

I pick A (POE)
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27 Dec 2007, 20:15
pmenon wrote:
965. 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 been among the Russian aristocracy
(C) just as Russian aristocracy had once done
(D) similar to what the Russian aristocracy had once done
(E) like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy

like is used for nouns. so drop B, E. So its A, C, D. Once done seems to indiacate the French speaking was done once. So drop C and D.

Go with A
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02 Jan 2008, 12:45
I agree A

Just as it had been spoken. Only A satisfies the flow and coherence of the sentence.
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02 Jan 2008, 14:27
pmenon wrote:
965. 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 been among the Russian aristocracy
(C) just as Russian aristocracy had once done
(D) similar to what the Russian aristocracy had once done
(E) like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy

A - As (compare 'like' things)
B - like - compare nouns & 'unlike' things
C - not the same meaning
D - 'similar to' is not as concise
E - same reason as B
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03 Jan 2008, 07:20
pmenon wrote:
965. 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 been among the Russian aristocracy
(C) just as Russian aristocracy had once done
(D) similar to what the Russian aristocracy had once done
(E) like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy

A. parallel, correct and concise
B. it misses a verb
C. unparallel
E. definetely wrong
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03 Jan 2008, 08:26
I will go with A as well.
C,D,E -'done' is redundant
B-missing verb
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03 Jan 2008, 14:33
grammar says it is A. but E for me, why? i cannot really explain. what is the OA?
i remember seeing this question somewhere else but cannot remember where?
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05 Jan 2008, 05:22
A it is.. The noun and subject here is French and not speaking french therefore usage of done is wrong beacuse if it is used as a past participle ( which indeed it is), it wont have any clear antecedent... it on the other hand does have a clear referent..

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