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# like vs as

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30 Jan 2004, 22:31
Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara PymтАЩs first novel, but it does not read like an apprentice work.
(A) does not read like an apprentice work
(B) seems not to read as an apprentice work
(C) does not seem to read as an apprentice work would
(D) does not read like an apprentice work does
(E) reads unlike an apprentice work

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30 Jan 2004, 22:46
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30 Jan 2004, 22:49
I bet it's A, and I think it's a very tough question.

They're testing an idiom that is used very infrequently. Each of the statements is absurd, but that's an idiom for you...

I'll be very interested if someone approaches this question without resorting to that explanation,

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30 Jan 2004, 23:03
(b) (c) are out, 'does not seem' is not required when 'does' will suffice,
(d) sounds funny does not ------- does

left with (a) and (e)

(e) would have been better if " unlike any apprentice work " or

Unlike an apprentice work, Pym's novel is .......

I would go for (A)

for unlike to work, the comparision between apprentice work and first novel should be worded differently

So (A) is my choice

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31 Jan 2004, 01:43
This phenomenon, called contraponent processual modality(cf: Essays on Time Based Linguistic Analysis, OUP, by C.-J. Bailey), is akin to deponent verbs in Greek.

From the same book:

That liquid solidifies quickly
The door opened
The puppy laid down(contraponent lay)

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31 Jan 2004, 05:09

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31 Jan 2004, 07:18
I vote for A.
The word "read" is not a transitive verb here. So "as" is inapropriate.

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31 Jan 2004, 07:40
anandnk wrote:
I vote for A.
The word "read" is not a transitive verb here. So "as" is inapropriate.

The more I dig the more I get confused !

has this entry

10. intransitive verb have qualities that affect understanding: to have particular characteristics that affect the way something is understood
In the original it reads as poetry rather than prose.

The above example uses "as" ?!
that have "seem" in it.

Another side question?
Where would one use "seem" properly?

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31 Jan 2004, 14:35
anandnk wrote:
The word "read" is not a transitive verb here.

It is a transitive verb here.

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31 Jan 2004, 18:15
Not falling into complexity, I would rather say E final answer.

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31 Jan 2004, 18:22

I feel that there may be a subtle difference between
"not like" and "unlike". Do you guys also think so?

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01 Feb 2004, 22:07
Why is (a) a correct instead of (d)?

Thanks.

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01 Feb 2004, 22:52
Seattle_76 wrote:
Why is (a) a correct instead of (d)?

Thanks.

In choice D "it does not read like an apprentice work does",
like is a preposition and should be followed by noun whereas
"as" is a conjunction that should be used to connect two
clauses.

like an apprentice work"

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01 Feb 2004, 23:08
Thanks (I recall this statement about like/as as well).

What the author wants to state is "X tastes like Y" - for example.

Would it be more clear to say "X tastes like Y tastes" or "X tastes like Y"?

My point is that - even "Y tastes" is still a noun phrase (I think) and does not violate the rule?

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03 Feb 2004, 05:57
Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara PymтАЩs first novel, but it does not read like an apprentice work.
(A) does not read like an apprentice work
(B) seems not to read as an apprentice work
(C) does not seem to read as an apprentice work would
(D) does not read like an apprentice work does
(E) reads unlike an apprentice work

Try rewriting the sentence using simpler analogous words:

That concoction is Bill's first attempt at an artificial sweetener, but it does not taste like sugar.

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03 Feb 2004, 06:19
Again I would like to reiterate. Here the comparison is about the attribute of two novels or books and not the actions. One has to use like/unlike to compare the attributes. The book itself cannot read.
The word "read" is similar to the word "sound" in "that sentence does not sound good to my ears"

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01 Nov 2010, 12:24
Maybe I'm gonna ask a stupid thing but how can a novel read?
Thanks for the clarification.

AkamaiBrah wrote:
Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara PymтАЩs first novel, but it does not read like an apprentice work.
(A) does not read like an apprentice work
(B) seems not to read as an apprentice work
(C) does not seem to read as an apprentice work would
(D) does not read like an apprentice work does
(E) reads unlike an apprentice work

Try rewriting the sentence using simpler analogous words:

That concoction is Bill's first attempt at an artificial sweetener, but it does not taste like sugar.

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01 Jan 2011, 11:15
I think like is used ,because similar in behavior read and apprentice work.

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