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Like many self-taught artists, Perle Hessing did not begin to paint

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Like many self-taught artists, Perle Hessing did not begin to paint until she was well into middle age.


(A) Like

(B) As have

(C) Just as with

(D) Just like

(E) As did


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Choice A, the best answer, is concise and grammatically correct, using the comparative preposition like to express the comparison between many self-taught artists and Perle Hessing. Choices B and E, which replace A’s prepositional phrase with clauses introduced by as, use auxiliary verbs that cannot properly be completed by any part of the verb phrase in the main clause: neither have…did not begin nor did…did not begin is logically or grammatically sound. In C and D, Just as with and Just like are both unnecessarily wordy.

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Like many self-taught artists, Perle Hessing didn't begin to paint until she was well into middle age.

Originally posted by prasannar on 27 Feb 2008, 21:38.
Last edited by Bunuel on 19 May 2019, 03:36, edited 6 times in total.
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The problem with B and E is not that they have verbs in them. For instance, we could say "As did her predecessors, Perle learned by trial and error." The real problem is that "did" and "have" do not work as stand-ins for "did not begin." "Have" is simply the wrong tense, but "did" is wrong because it is not negative! We can't say "As I did, my sister did not quit school."

As for C, "Just as with" creates a modifier, so we would need another modifier for parallelism, e.g. "Just as with X, with Y we must exercise caution."

That leaves us with A and D. The official GMAT explanation is that D is "wordy." This is an explanation I never accept from students, and it annoys me greatly when the OG stoops that low! It's true that A works perfectly well as it is, so there's no real need to add "just." Aside from that, "just like" implies that two things are identical in some respect ("She sounds just like her mom"), and that may be a stretch here.
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This question test "Like" v/s "As".

The elimination of B=>
(B) As have-> would this be correct if it were just "As"

for me is incorrect.

Like compares nouns , As uses clause for the same.
So both the following will be correct =>
Like many self-taught artists, Perle Hessing did not begin to paint until she was well into middle age.
As not done by self-taught artists, Perle Hessing did not begin to paint until she was well into middle age.

In the options, we do not have any option that suites "As" ... as mentioned above.

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[quote="prasannar"]Like many self-taught artists, Perle Hessing did not begin to paint until she was well into middle age.

(A) Like->I got this

correct

(B) As have-> would this be correct if it were just "As"

clearly incorrect

(C) Just as with->why is this wrong?

with doesn't make sense in this case. what's the meaning of "with ... artists, hessing did not begin"?

(D) Just like->why is this wrong?

it is not wrong I believe, but "just" is useless. like by itself is enough

(E) As did->would this be correct if the statement was something like ....,Perle Hessing started to paint in her thirties

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prasannar wrote:
Like many self-taught artists, Perle Hessing did not begin to paint until she was well into middle age.

(A) Like->I got this

(B) As have-> would this be correct if it were just "As"

(C) Just as with->why is this wrong?

(D) Just like->why is this wrong?

(E) As did->would this be correct if the statement was something like ....,Perle Hessing started to paint in her thirties

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A. only like makes proper comparision beteen nouns.
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Like is used to compare nouns and as is used to compare verbs. Using this we can eliminate B,C and E.

Between like and just like, the latter is too verbose. Hence the answer is A
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What is subtle difference between (A) and (D)?
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adkikani Nice question. Looking forward to an expert reply. Also Can it be that absence of "Just" makes option A concise therefore better than D. I agree its that a cheap short on explanation, However, the meaning change is more vital here.
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GMATNinja ..please explain difference between A and E as per this question
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(E) is incorrect since we can't compare a noun (Perle Hessing) vs action (did)
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