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# More than 30 years ago, Dr. Barbara McClintock, the Nobel Prize winner

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27 Sep 2012, 05:34
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I do have a question whether we are comparing genes with pearls or we are comparing the action of jumping
of genes with action of pearls movement.
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I do have a question whether we are comparing genes with pearls or we are comparing the action of jumping
of genes with action of pearls movement.

It's funny --- that question doesn't have a clear precise mathematical answer. In the big picture, in the overall logic of the sentence and of the larger argument, we are drawing an analogy between genes jumping and pearls moving, between the two actions, but when we use the construction "...like pearls ...", as in the correct answer (B), then the literal grammatical comparison is between genes and pearls, the two nouns.

Does that make sense?

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27 Sep 2012, 20:05
Yes Mike,
It seems they are comparing the pearls with genes . (Imaginary actions by pearls, not real actions).

Guys got another good post on this OG problem..
http://www.beatthegmat.com/as-vs-like-correct-and-incorrect-usages-t116599.html
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23 Jul 2013, 02:24
More than thirty years ago Dr. Barbara McClintock, the Nobel Prize winner, reported that genes can “jump,” as
pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another.

A. as pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
B. like pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
C. as pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
D. like pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
E. as do pearls that move mysteriously from one necklace to some other one

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23 Jul 2013, 02:39
as-vs-like-correct-and-incorrect-usages-133950.html

To state comparisons:
LIKE + NOUN
AS + CLAUSE

More than thirty years ago Dr. Barbara McClintock, the Nobel Prize winner, reported that genes can “jump,” as
pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another.

A. as pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
B. like pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
C. as pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
D. like pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
E. as do pearls that move mysteriously from one necklace to some other one

Than you can eliminate C and E because they are unidiomatic.
one necklace to another
one necklace to others
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(A) "as" requires a clause after it. A clause requires a verb, but we don't have one here. "moving" is a participle (i.e. a type of adjective).
(B) CORRECT!
(C) This answer choice does use "as" correctly. Unfortunately, the word "that" is a relative pronoun, and it modifies whatever it touches. In this case, it's touching a verb ("do"), which it cannot modify. "One necklace to others" is slightly weird; a single pearl can't move to multiple necklaces at once.
(D) "like" cannot have a clause after it. The word "do" signals this as a clause, so the "like" is wrong.
(E) This answer choice does use "as" correctly. However, it makes a meaning error. This implies that pearls actually move from one necklace to another, which they don't. Also, "one necklace to some other one" is awkward
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04 Aug 2014, 03:52
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Hey can someone help with this...I marked A,but the OA is B.....How is this possible "Like" is used to compare two nouns/noun phrases....But here he is comparing two actions i.e "genes can"...and "Perls...." so I think "As" is the correct word to use ...so i went with A

as +subject+do , is correct idiom. A is wrong

like +noun at the end of sentence is similar to "as +subject+do". B is correct

from one to another " is idiom. C,D, E are wrong grammarticaly
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kotela wrote:
Hey can someone help with this...I marked A,but the OA is B.....How is this possible "Like" is used to compare two nouns/noun phrases....But here he is comparing two actions i.e "genes can"...and "Perls...." so I think "As" is the correct word to use ...so i went with A

More than thirty years ago Dr. Barbara McClintock, the Nobel Prize winner, reported that genes can “jump” as pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another.

(A) as pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
(B) like pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
(C) as pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
(D) like pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
(E) as do pearls that move mysteriously from one necklace to some other one

Like - used to compare two nouns. As - used to compare two clauses. Here genes (Noun) are comparing with pearls (Noun).

Like is also used in hypothetical cases. Sentence makes a hypothetical comparison between Genes and pearls.

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28 Nov 2017, 11:18
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More than 30 years ago, Dr. Barbara McClintock, the Nobel Prize winner, reported that genes can "jump," as pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another.

(A) as pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
(B) like pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
(C) as pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
(D) like pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
(E) as do pearls that move mystreiously from one necklace to some other

Jump is written in quotes that means hypothetical... Always use Like there.. and Like cannot be followed by verb so Like pearls do in D is wrong

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