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# Just as the free computer operating system Linux has of late

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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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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)

Hence A.
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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

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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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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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!

Thank-you ! There is nothing more satisfactory than your replies.
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