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More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.

(A) as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(B) like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(C) as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(D) like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(E) as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one

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The original sentence intends to compare the hovering of hummingbirds with the hovering of insects such as flies etc. Now if the hummingbirds hover as insects then the literal meaning would be that hummingbirds should change their shape, size and become insects and then hover.

However, the intended meaning is kept when we use "like" instead of "as". The choice is between B and D. D is incorrect because of the use of "that", which refers to the insects instead of the hummingbirds. Additionally, the correct idiomatic form is violated in this answer choice- "One flower to others".

B is the correct choice. Coming on to the question posted in one of the replies about comma before like- ,like insects- The usage of comma is incorrect in such a sentence. The reason is that "like" is used for comparison of nouns . Moreover, for any word which is used to compare two entities, a modifier generally precedes it. In this case the modifier precedes "like". If we put a comma after the word hover(modifier), then

a) like will come after a modifier(verb) in this case. Generally modifiers require a noun close to it for modification. Like is not a noun. It is a preposition. This usage will result in a sentence structure error. A preposition will be placed as a modifier and in this case a modifier will precede a comma followed by a preposition which will be placed as a modifier in the sentence.
b) meaning will change completely. The original sentence with an imaginative comma is given below

More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover, like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.

Hummingbirds can hover but with whom are going to compare their hovering? If you dissect Students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover " - It is a complete thought in itself, so it is an independent clause. We know that according to students of ornithology hummingbirds have a unique quality that they can hover.

"Like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another" - It is a dependent clause but the two clauses do not seem to be connected. The first clause talks about the hummingbirds and the second talks about insects. Therefore, the meaning is changed completely.
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More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.
(A) as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(B) like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(C) as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(D) like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(E) as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one

Hi All,
This question appeared in one of the Manhattan Review SC Questions. Referred to several posts which say Hummingbirds are being compared to Insects. I felt "Humminngbirds can hover" is being compared to ....

Can someone please let me know how is it Hummingbirds -> Insects when it is explicitly mentioned "Hummingbirds can hover" ?


Should not there be a comma before ",like insects," in option A?
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Can sum 1 plz explain y AS is wrong here ,are we not comparing hovering and not the birds :?
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Can sum 1 plz explain y AS is wrong here ,are we not comparing hovering and not the birds :?


Plz go through this post -

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Can sum 1 plz explain y AS is wrong here ,are we not comparing hovering and not the birds :?


Like is used for comparisons if it is followed by a Noun or a Noun + Noun Modifier.

As is used for comparisons if it is followed by a clause.

(A) as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another --> As + Noun + Noun Modifier, hence incorrect.
(B) like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another --> Correct
(C) as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others --> Awkward. What is that referring to here?
(D) like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others --> Like + Clause-- incorrect
(E) as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one --> Awkward because of "one flower to some other one"

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More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.

Like
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Like' is a preposition
Anything that does not have a Verb

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'As' is a conjunction
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(A) as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(B) like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(C) as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(D) like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(E) as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one
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Hi abhimahna, daagh

I thought flitting is a verb. A judgement compelled me to chose option A over B.
Sometimes i get confused whether some new found words are a verb or participle.
Is there a trick to tackle these kinds of dilemmas ?
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Hi abhimahna, daagh

I thought flitting is a verb. A judgement compelled me to chose option A over B.
Sometimes i get confused whether some new found words are a verb or participle.
Is there a trick to tackle these kinds of dilemmas ?


Hi The comparison is between nouns so we have to use like to show comparison.
If we use as then it is not correct as as means in capacity of so humming bird can not be in capacity of insects rather they can be like insects in some way.
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More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.


(A) as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(B) like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(C) as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(D) like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(E) as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one


Flitting by itself can never be a noun. It can be

1. A modifier (either adjectival or adverbial), as in "like insects flitting gracefully."
Or
2. A gerund as in "Flitting is the habit of hummingbirds." Here flitting is a noun and the subject of the sentence. It can also be an object as in "The hummingbirds have the habit of flitting."
Or
3. A part of a progressive tense verb. As in" the hummingbirds are flitting."
As part of a progressive tense, it has to be preceded by a helping verb of 'be' or one of its derivatives.

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More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.

(A) as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(B) like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another
(C) as insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(D) like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others
(E) as do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one


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The main thing you have to determine in this sentence is whether to use ‘like’ or ‘as’. Use ‘like’ to compare nouns or pronouns. Use ‘as’ to introduce either a clause, which is a group of words with a verb, or a phrase starting with a preposition. The sentence compares hummingbirds to insects. Nouns are being compared so you need ‘like’. The word ‘do’ in option D is unnecessary. B is more economical than D. ‘From one flower to another’ is also the correct expression rather then ‘from one flower to others’. B is correct.
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