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Including vs such as vs like

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I was going through Manhattan SC ( 5th edition), when I noticed :

" Now you might look at the including/like split at the beginning of the choices. Unfortunately this split is not definitive. The GMAT used to claim that like simply meant “similar to” and could not introduce examples. However, the exam writers have moderated this hardline position in published explanations. As a result, either including or like would technically work in the sentence. "

Whenever I used to see like with examples, I used to eliminate the option blindly. Is it no longer true? Does GMAC now allow like for introducing examples?
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Exactly. We used to teach that "like" should not introduce examples, and that's generally a good rule of thumb, but unfortunately GMAC has used it for that purpose in correct answers, so we have to follow their lead.
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DmitryFarber wrote:
Exactly. We used to teach that "like" should not introduce examples, and that's generally a good rule of thumb, but unfortunately GMAC has used it for that purpose in correct answers, so we have to follow their lead.


Hi Dmitry,

I found this thread because I read in the OA of Q #76 in Official Guide's Verbal Review (2016 Edition) that "the use of like to mean "for example" [...] is an acceptable use". I used to follow the "like/such as" distinction for splitting, but as you have mentioned, GMAC has changed its mind about it.

Are you aware of any list of similar changes that have been made, as to avoid being mislead by a false split one is not aware of?

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Unfortunately, sometimes we have to distinguish between real English grammar and GMAT grammar, which is based on business-style writing and will occasionally accept commonly-used expressions that are technically incorrect, such as using "like" to precede an example ("such as" is the correct usage) or writing "I am taller than Jim" instead of "I am taller than Jim is."

Let's just hope that the GMAT doesn't start defining "literally" as "figuratively," as some English dictionaries have already done. I understand that language is a living and breathing thing, and that usage rules (along with conventions) change over time, but that's going a step too far. :facepalm_man:

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