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Just as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so support for it within the computer industry has been growing.

(A) as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so
(B) as with the free computer operating system Linux that has of late become even more crash resistant, so the
(C) as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so it has been that
(D) like with the free computer operating system Linux becoming even more crash resistant of late, so
(E) like the free computer operating system Linux that has of late become even more crash resistant, so it is that

Can someone explain the parallel construction in this sentence I can see why its A but can someone explain B and C. Thanks!

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Just as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so support for it within the computer industry has been growing.

(A) as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so
(B) as with the free computer operating system Linux that has of late become even more crash resistant, so the
(C) as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so it has been that
(D) like with the free computer operating system Linux becoming even more crash resistant of late, so
(E) like the free computer operating system Linux that has of late become even more crash resistant, so it is that

Can someone explain the parallel construction in this sentence I can see why its A but can someone explain B and C. Thanks!


hi,
here idiom used just as X, so Y
therefore X and Y must be parallel

LIKE is always followed by a noun or noun phrase....and like followed by prepositional phrase and clause clause is always wrong ...

now take our question

Just as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so support for it within the computer industry has been growing.

highlited thing is a prepositional phrase and is modifying support...hence if we remove that ...the sentence becomes:

Just as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so support has been growing.

clearly two clauses are parallel....starting with subject and then verb .

(A) as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so==>correct
(B) as with the free computer operating system Linux that has of late become even more crash resistant, so the
in this case JUST AS is followed by PREPOSTION......whereas SO is followed by NOUN(Support)==>hence wrong parallelism.
(C) as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so it has been that
here the construction is:
Just as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so it has been that support has been growing.==>the pronoun IT has no referrent.
structure is also not parallel.=JUST AS followed by subject of the clause whereas SO is not followed by SUBJECT of clause/////also its wordy.==>hence wrong
(D) like with the free computer operating system Linux becoming even more crash resistant of late, so==>like followed by clause.hence wrong.
(E) like the free computer operating system Linux that has of late become even more crash resistant, so it is that===>IT has no referent....and freecomputer operating system is compared with IT....HENCE wrong

hence it is A
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Can someone explain the parallel construction in this sentence I can see why its A but can someone explain B and C. Thanks!


Just as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so support for it within the computer industry has been growing.

First: the idiom => just as (...) so. This eliminates E and D.

Because just as X so Y is a parallel marker, the X and Y parts must match.

B uses "with the free Linux" for the first part, but this is not matched by the second part (there is no with the support). This changes the structure because the X part in A and C has a complete meaning, but the X part is B has not (whereas the Y part has a complete meaning on his own as well).

Just as Linux is something, so the support is something else. Both clauses have independent meaning

This leave us with two choices:
(A) as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so
(C) as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so it has been that

C is not very parallel: just as Linux (noun) ..., so support (noun) and not so it has been that support (necessary verb+noun)
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Hii there.
Eliminate D and E, as stated by zarralou.
When dealing with sentences involving "just as..........., so.......", do remember one thing that this structure is using "as": we are supposed to have clauses in both parts and that too parallel.
In B, the problem is that first part is not an independent clause. Since its quite evident from the latter part of the entire sentence that the second part is a clause, so its not parallel with the first part. Eliminate B.
In C, I am not at all comfortable with the multiple usage of it. What is first it referring to?

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New post 29 Jul 2014, 22:51
This question is pretty idiom based :-

1.) Just as… So too

2.) just as X ..so y

Obviously A is winner(Short and Contain meaning clarity ) b is too long
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Here idiom used just as X, so Y
Therefore X and Y must be parallel.

D and E can be eliminated for ‘like’

Just as X, so Y

A- Just as (independent clause), so (independent clause)

B- Just as (dependent clause), so (independent clause)

C- Just as (independent clause), so it has been that (independent clause)

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Hello GMATNinja, GMATNinjaTwo
I have a really silly question in mind, please just in a yes or no, so that i can go hide in a cave for some days :grin:

Just as the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, so support for it within the computer industry has been growing.
Just as X, so Y construction

X : the free computer operating system Linux has of late become even more crash resistant, [Independent Clause; S: The free Computer OS linux, V: has become]
Y : support for it within the computer industry has been growing [Independent Clause; S: support, V: has been growing]

Should the Y part start with 'the' ?
the support for it within the computer industry has been growing.
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Should the Y part start with 'the' ?
the support for it within the computer industry has been growing.

Nope, there's really no reason to start the second clause with "the" in this case.

Figuring out when to use or omit the word "the" is a funny thing in English: basically, you'll want to use "the" before a noun if you're pointing out a specific case. (If it helps, that's why "the" is called a "definite article": you use it to point out a specific, "definite" case of something.) Here's a silly example: "The burrito was so good that I craved Mexican food for the rest of the month." We use "the" before "burrito" because we're talking about a specific burrito, but there's no "the" before "Mexican food", since we're talking about Mexican food in general, and not a specific case of Mexican food.

And in the question above, we're talking about "support for [Linux]" in general, so there's no need to include "the." I'm not sure that it's WRONG to include "the", but it certainly isn't necessary.

And don't worry: this concept is not frequently tested on the GMAT, and I'm not sure that it's ever a deciding factor.

I hope this helps!
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lukachiri wrote:

Should the Y part start with 'the' ?
the support for it within the computer industry has been growing.

Nope, there's really no reason to start the second clause with "the" in this case.

Figuring out when to use or omit the word "the" is a funny thing in English: basically, you'll want to use "the" before a noun if you're pointing out a specific case. (If it helps, that's why "the" is called a "definite article": you use it to point out a specific, "definite" case of something.) Here's a silly example: "The burrito was so good that I craved Mexican food for the rest of the month." We use "the" before "burrito" because we're talking about a specific burrito, but there's no "the" before "Mexican food", since we're talking about Mexican food in general, and not a specific case of Mexican food.

And in the question above, we're talking about "support for [Linux]" in general, so there's no need to include "the." I'm not sure that it's WRONG to include "the", but it certainly isn't necessary.

And don't worry: this concept is not frequently tested on the GMAT, and I'm not sure that it's ever a deciding factor.

I hope this helps!


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