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Personal computing technology has advanced to the point that home users can easily set up home networks, allowing multiple users to share, access and control multiple resources like larger offices do.

A) resources like larger offices do
B) resources like larger offices
C) resources, such as larger offices do
D) resources, as larger offices
E) resources, as larger offices do

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20 Jun 2011, 10:40
guygmat wrote:
Personal computing technology has advanced to the point that home users can easily set up home networks, allowing multiple users to share, access and control multiple resources like larger offices do.

A)resources like larger offices do
B)resources like larger offices
C)resources, such as larger offices do
D)resources, as larger offices
E)resources, as larger offices do

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First of all answer with do is required as "activity" is compared here. So, left with A, C and E. Now in A, like is used to compare noun , so A is out. Now we are left with C and E. Such as is used to give examples ...

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08 Sep 2011, 07:55
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Personal computing technology has advanced to the point that home users can easily set up home networks, allowing multiple users to share, access and control multiple resources like larger offices do.

A)resources like larger offices do
B)resources like larger offices
C)resources, such as larger offices do
D)resources, as larger offices
E)resources, as larger offices do

As vs Like - since we are comparing actions (share, access and control), we use 'as'.
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08 Sep 2011, 10:28
guygmat wrote:
Personal computing technology has advanced to the point that home users can easily set up home networks, allowing multiple users to share, access and control multiple resources like larger offices do.

A)resources like larger offices do
B)resources like larger offices
C)resources, such as larger offices do
D)resources, as larger offices
E)resources, as larger offices do

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E it is. A and B are out because of like. D is out as it does have have do at the end. Between C and E, C is out as such as and do doesn't go together.

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08 Sep 2011, 12:46
comparison + like/as so yup.. E

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10 Sep 2011, 04:36
Typical Like/As question. Answer is E.
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10 Sep 2011, 05:38
I would also go with E.

A and B use "like", which is incorrect in this sentence since we are not comparing nouns.
D is missing "Do" at the end.
C has "such as", which is used to introduce examples.

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28 Sep 2011, 19:45
guygmat wrote:
Personal computing technology has advanced to the point that home users can easily set up home networks, allowing multiple users to share, access and control multiple resources like larger offices do.

A)resources like larger offices do
B)resources like larger offices
C)resources, such as larger offices do
D)resources, as larger offices
E)resources, as larger offices do

Source: Grockit

"As" acts a function here.
"home users" acts as "larger offices"
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28 Sep 2011, 20:04
A,B --Out -- Like is used to compare nouns.

C- out-- such as is used to give examples. Not compare.

D & E - E is correct as it replaces all the actions correctly by using "do"

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28 Oct 2011, 22:55
guygmat wrote:
Personal computing technology has advanced to the point that home users can easily set up home networks, allowing multiple users to share, access and control multiple resources like larger offices do.

A)resources like larger offices do
B)resources like larger offices
C)resources, such as larger offices do
D)resources, as larger offices
E)resources, as larger offices do

Source: Grockit

Answer E. "do" needs to be added since we are comparing actions of users at home with that at larger offices.

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29 May 2013, 22:59
Why is B wrong here?

Yes I know Like is for comparison of nouns and "As" is for clauses.

But here the original sentence can be read as-
Personal computing technology has advanced to the point that home users can easily set up home networks, allowing multiple users to share, access and control multiple resources like larger offices.

We are comparing home users and large offices both of which are noun entities.

IMO Both B and E are right.

Edit: B is wrong because it does not have a comma before like.

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I think this is wrong question
according to gmat standard, " like" at the end of sentence can mean "as do"
evience for this thinking is

a question from og 10 (though very old)

computer can think like machine.

ple search the pdf version of og 10 for the phrase above.

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15 Nov 2013, 04:47
THIS is wrong question

the pattern

main clause+like +noun

is equal to the pattern

main clause+as + clause

the evidence for this point is the sentence " think like computer" in the og 10 and og 11.

pls use pdf version of og 10 or og 11 to search for the phrase and post your idea in this posting. thank you
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15 Nov 2013, 11:57
guygmat wrote:
Personal computing technology has advanced to the point that home users can easily set up home networks, allowing multiple users to share, access and control multiple resources like larger offices do.

A) resources like larger offices do
B) resources like larger offices
C) resources, such as larger offices do
D) resources, as larger offices
E) resources, as larger offices do

vietmoi999 wrote:
I think this is wrong question
according to gmat standard, " like" at the end of sentence can mean "as do"
evidence for this thinking is a question from og 10 (though very old)
computer can think like machine.

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Hi Mike,
Can you please comment on the question and its OA.
Thanks, Dentobizz

Dear vietmoi999 & Dentobizz
I'm happy to respond. Let me begin by saying: there is absolutely no problem with this question, and the OA is perfectly correct.

With all due respect to vietmoi999, the statement
according to gmat standard, " like" at the end of sentence can mean "as do"
is 100% false and misleading, and the evidence cited betrays a misunderstanding of the grammatical issues at play.

The sentences ...
Computers can think like machines.
Computers can think as machines do.

.. are both correct. Notice, there is no direct object, and therefore there's absolutely no ambiguity -- the noun "machines" has to be compared to the noun "computers", because the latter is the only other noun in the entire sentence.

As soon as we introduce a direct object or any other noun into the sentence, the "like" structure becomes suspect --- it becomes unclear which noun is the target of the comparison. In this sentence, look at this structure in (B):
...and control multiple resources like larger offices.
This is wildly ambiguous!! What is "like larger offices"? From the Modifier Touch Rule, it would appear that "multiple resources" are "like larger offices", but that makes no sense. Logically, we know the comparison should be with "home users", but grammatically, via the Touch Rule, the sentence suggests the comparison should be with "multiple resources." A sentence in which grammar and logic indicate different things is a poorly written sentence, and will never be correct on the GMAT. That's why (B) has to be incorrect.

In this question, choice (E) is unambiguously the best answer, and each of the other four answers makes a clear mistake that disqualifies it as a possible answer. This is a very well-written question.

Does all this make sense?
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