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

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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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23 Sep 2008, 20:52
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 - Use of As is right but its wordy and awkward compared to C. Wrong
(B) just like it once had been among the Russian aristocracy - Like / As combination. Like cannot be used because it is not followed by noun .
(C) just as the Russian aristocracy had once done - Correct
(D) similar to what the Russian aristocracy had done once - Wrong
(E) like what had once been done by the Russian aristocracy - Use of Like is wrong.

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23 Sep 2008, 21:03
A.

B is wrong bc it sounds beyond awkward.
C is wrong because, again, it's awkward and doesn't make reference to "it" i.e. Frence
D is wrong because "similar" doesn't flow well
E is wrong because "like what had once been done" is awkward
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24 Sep 2008, 00:47
bdumpala 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

When so many different options confuse you, you must try to look for some other basic error. Use of just as, just like, similar, like are very confusing. Try to find some other basic error.

The underlined portion must be parallel to "French was spoken within the family". I hope you notice that this is in passive voice. So try keeping the underlined portion parallel in passive voice. This eliminates C & D.

Then try pinning down 'once'. Try to answer the question that "where should once be placed?" Between had & been or before had? I'd prefer saying "I had once been a professor" rather than say "I once had been a professor". This narrows down to A & E. Between A & E, E never stood a chance.

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24 Sep 2008, 05:26
bdumpala 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

At first sight to A, I thought it's weird since it has "it". I couldn't point out what "it" does indicate. SO I looked at C whose structure is similar to A's, but found it's wrong. On second thought...I figured out "it" indicates the "French". So...bingo. A is the answer.

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