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Just as the European countries of the early eighteenth century sought

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Just as the European countries of the early eighteenth century sought to exploit the resources of our continent, so too are we now attempting to extract energy and minerals from the ocean bed.

A. Just as the European countries of the early eighteenth century sought to exploit the resources of our continent, so too
B. The European countries of the early eighteenth century sought to exploit the resources of our continent, and in a similar way
C. Like the case of the European countries of the early eighteenth century who sought to exploit the resources of our continent, so too
D. As in the exploitation of the resources of our continent by European countries of the early eighteenth century,
E. Similar to the European countries which sought in the early eighteenth century to exploit the resources of our continent

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Just as ..so correct idiom .Answer is A
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The sentence is correct as written.

The underlined portion of the sentence contains the comparison idiom just as…so too, so check that similar items are being compared and that the idiom is used correctly. The first item in the comparison is European countries and the second item in the comparison is we. These are similar items as the pronoun we can be accurately used to refer to the noun countries. In addition, the idiom just as…so too is used correctly. There appears to be no error in the original sentence, so keep choice A. Because there is no error in the original sentence, there are no obvious repeaters to look for, so evaluate the remaining answer choices individually, looking for reasons to eliminate each.

Choice B changes the structure of the original sentence to begin with the noun the European countries as the first item in a comparison that is referenced by the phrase in a similar way. However, the second item of the comparison in the non-underlined portion of the sentence begins with the verb are. This is a comparison error. The original sentence uses the comparison idiom just as to introduce the noun European countries, which correctly refers to the verb are to introduce the pronoun we. Choice B lacks that introductory comparison idiom, so this is a comparison error. Eliminate choice B. Choice C uses the idiom structure like the…so too. The correct idiom is just as…so too, so eliminate choice C for an idiom error. Choice D compares the exploitation to we, which is an incorrect comparison because these items are not similar. Eliminate choice D. Choice E contains a comparison error as the noun European countries is incorrectly compared to the verb are. Eliminate choice E.

Choice A: Correct.

Choice B: No. The European countries are incorrectly compared to are. Comparison.

Choice C: No. The structure like the…so too is an incorrect idiom. Idiom.

Choice D: No. The exploitation is incorrectly compared to we. Comparison.

Choice E: No. The European countries are incorrectly compared to are. Comparison.

The correct answer is choice A.
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But the "are we" part is not in parallel with "the european countries".
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