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

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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
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13 Jun 2009, 09:16
Since we are comparing verbs, "can jump", we need the comparator "as".....So we have to choose between C and E.....E has parallelism error.....So my answer is C.......
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14 Jun 2009, 04:54
I think we are comparing nouns.. genes and pearls, hence like is required.

IMO B..
in D to others is incorrect

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14 Jun 2009, 06:27
External Forum link and must read (well explained like vs as) :

http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... ke-vs.html
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23 Jun 2009, 02:50
Ans shud be B.
Like is used to comapare nouns.
also... moving mysteriously from one necklace to another is a modifier of pearl.
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126. 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

[Reveal] Spoiler:
oa b: PLS EXPLAIN WHY D is not the answer... as in B it compares genes jump with pearls???? where i am wrong

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09 Nov 2009, 02:50
Like ? In a clause with a verb ?

The OA should be A or E...

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Like is not supposed to carry a full sentence with a verb but only a noun "like you... like the bears... "

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09 Nov 2009, 07:16
I agree with B. Here, the phrase "moving mysteriously from..." describes pearls, so that phrase is a kind of 'adjective'.

Hence, comparison is rightly done using 'like' between 'jumping genes' and 'moving pearls'

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Not so much, as the answer is B...

I'm currently googling... it seems that B is a noun phrase and thus can use like in order to introduce a big noun

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(A) as pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
AS PEARLS MOVE would have been a correct usage of AS
but here a noun PEARLS is being compared to GENES and hence LIKE is correct
MOVING MYSTERIOUSLY FROM .... participle phrase for an analogy of the way the genes move around
(B) like pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
CORRECT
(C) as pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
AS PEARLS DO is correct but THAT is incorrect because THAT cannot restrict
the action DO of pearls
(D) like pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
LIKE PEARLS DO is incorrect since LIKE cannot modify a clause "pearls do"
(E) as do pearls that move mysteriously from one necklace to some other one

AS has to be followed by the noun/pronoun performing the clause

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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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19 Jan 2010, 07:46
jitendra wrote:
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

B

As - used to compare "verbs". Also, introduces an example.
Like - used to compare "nouns".

Here you're comparing genes to pearls.

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19 Jan 2010, 14:59
B thru POE.. as there was a bit confusion in my mind abt. what the sentence is trying to compare, Is the comparison between GENES CAN JUMP AS PEARLS CAN JUMP
or GENES LIKE PEARS
BUT C doesn't makes sense, so, B is a better option using like to compare two nouns

Pls provide better reasoning

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19 Jan 2010, 17:34
IMO - C

(A) as pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
"as" is used to compare clause. A cluase has a subject and verb. The sentence following "as perls moving.." does not have any verb. Hence WRONG

(B) like pearls moving mysteriously from one necklace to another
"like" is used to compare phrase/nouns. Here, it seems we are comparing "jump" with "pearls". hence WRONG.

(C) as pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
CORRECT

(D) like pearls do that move mysteriously from one necklace to others
"like" is used to compare noune/phrarase. Here we have a cluase following "like", hence WRONG

(E) as do pearls that move mysteriously from one necklace to some other one

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19 Jan 2010, 20:02
OA is B. I wrongly marked C, since i was confused over that what is being compared whether noun or clause.

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05 Mar 2010, 09:29
jitendra wrote:
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

Note that we can write the same sentence using either "like" or "as" as long as the rest of it conforms correctly to the rules for using either "like" or "as." So we can compare "genes" to "pearls" or I can compare "genes jumping" to "pearls jumping."

Moreover we should also ensure that the meaning of the sentence is preserved as it is and not altered.

Hope that works.

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27 Nov 2010, 03:46
OA is B ...we use Like because it can be used as a preposition followed by noun and pearl is a noun

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18 Dec 2010, 02:15
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01 Jan 2011, 05:11
(B)

(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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