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# More than thirty years ago Dr. Barbara McClintock, the Nobel

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More than thirty years ago Dr. Barbara McClintock, the Nobel [#permalink]

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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

OA is B. Can someone explain why?

Are we not comparing the jumping of the genes with the jumping of the pearls? When comparing actions we use, "such", correct? When comparing nouns we use "Like".
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01 Jul 2007, 03:15
straight B..

here we are comparing two nouns genes and pearls...

so between B and D, B is the correct answer.
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01 Jul 2007, 04:37
Aren't we comparing the "jumping" of pearls and genes? a action?
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01 Jul 2007, 06:25
Well, I know what you are getting at, but to compare actions, you would have to mention 'DO'
for eg

'as pearls do' would be correct if you wanted to use 'as'

here, we have an option that use 'like' correctly 'C' but that incorrecly uses 'one and another'

Hope it helps!!
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21 Jul 2007, 01:39
AshwinMohan wrote:
Well, I know what you are getting at, but to compare actions, you would have to mention 'DO'
for eg

'as pearls do' would be correct if you wanted to use 'as'

here, we have an option that use 'like' correctly 'C' but that incorrecly uses 'one and another'

Hope it helps!!

thanks. could not quite figure this one out as the previous posters did.
21 Jul 2007, 01:39
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