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# Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna represents near-perfect

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Updated on: 15 Oct 2018, 02:48
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Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna represents near-perfect biomechanical design for high-performance swimming — therefore, these two fish are among the best swimmers in the ocean.

A. Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna

B. Like the mako shark, the tuna’s body form

C. Like the mako shark’s, the tuna’s body form

D. As with the mako shark’s, the tuna’s body form

E. As is the mako shark’s the body form of the tuna

Originally posted by sajini on 18 Sep 2012, 06:08.
Last edited by Bunuel on 15 Oct 2018, 02:48, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question and added the OA.
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18 Sep 2012, 08:26
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sajini wrote:
Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna represents near-perfect biomechanical design for high-performance swimming — therefore, these two fish are among the best swimmers in the ocean.

A. Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna
B. Like the mako shark, the tuna’s body form
C. Like the mako shark’s, the tuna’s body form
D. As with the mako shark’s, the tuna’s body form
E. As is the mako shark’s the body form of the tuna

A, B: Incorrect. The comparison between the shark and the form of a tuna's body is nonsensical. A correct comparison would be between the shark's body and that of the tuna.

D: Incorrect. When used to state a comparison, 'as' should be followed by a clause. In this answer choice, 'with the...' is a prepositional phrase not a clause.

E: Nonsense. This sentence implices that something of the mako shark is the body form of the tuna.

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03 Feb 2014, 05:43
leod wrote:
sajini wrote:
Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna represents near-perfect biomechanical design for high-performance swimming — therefore, these two fish are among the best swimmers in the ocean.

A. Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna
B. Like the mako shark, the tuna’s body form
C. Like the mako shark’s, the tuna’s body form
D. As with the mako shark’s, the tuna’s body form
E. As is the mako shark’s the body form of the tuna

A, B: Incorrect. The comparison between the shark and the form of a tuna's body is nonsensical. A correct comparison would be between the shark's body and that of the tuna.

D: Incorrect. When used to state a comparison, 'as' should be followed by a clause. In this answer choice, 'with the...' is a prepositional phrase not a clause.

E: Nonsense. This sentence implices that something of the mako shark is the body form of the tuna.

Agree with C, still I'm wondering can one refer to these possessive as fish in the non-underlined portion? Could anybody please clarify if this is valid

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20 Mar 2014, 23:19
sajini wrote:
Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna represents near-perfect biomechanical design for high-performance swimming — therefore, these two fish are among the best swimmers in the ocean.

A. Like the mako shark, the body form of the tuna
B. Like the mako shark, the tuna’s body form
C. Like the mako shark’s, the tuna’s body form
D. As with the mako shark’s, the tuna’s body form
E. As is the mako shark’s the body form of the tuna

I also choose c. but I thing e is not incorrect but redundant
e means
as the mako shark's body form is, the body form of tuna represent the good design.
i think the above sentence is correct but redandant. that is why c is better.

Pls discuss why E is wrong. this help us a lot
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21 Mar 2014, 02:04
In "As the mako shark's body form is, the body form of tuna represents..." the verbs are not the same. The former verb is "is," while the latter verb is "represents." The verb "is" in this context means "exists." The former verb should have been "represents" or "does."
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15 Oct 2018, 02:45
Official Explanation Kaplan

Read the Original Sentence Carefully, Looking for Errors:

The primary issues here are the proper usage of "like" or "as" to make the comparison, and parallel structure. "Like" is used to indicate similarities between items, and "as" is used in comparisons that show equality. "Like" compares two nouns, and "as" compares actions or verbs. In this case, the intent of the sentence is to show the similarities between the body forms (nouns) of the mako shark and the tuna. Look for the choice that compares body forms using "like."

Scan and Group the Answer Choices:

Choices (A), (B), and (C) begin with "like." Choices (D) and (E) start with "as."

Eliminate (D) and (E) because they use "as" rather than "like." Choices (A) and (B) each contain a logical problem in the comparison: they compare "mako shark" to "body form." Answer Choice (C) properly compares the "mako shark’s (body form)" with the "tuna’s body form" using the appropriate comparison word “like.”

TAKEAWAY: In comparisons, "like" is preferred when comparing nouns and "as" is preferred when comparing verbs.
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