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# Proponents of artificial intelligence say they will be able

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189. Proponents of artificial intelligence say they will be able to make computers that can understand English and other human languages, recognize objects, and reason as an expert does-computers that will be used to diagnose equipment breakdowns, deciding whether to authorize a loan, or other purposes such as these.
(A) as an expert does--computers that will be used to diagnose equipment breakdowns, deciding whether
to authorize a loan, or other purposes such as these
(B) as an expert does, which may be used for purposes such as diagnosing equipment breakdowns or
deciding whether to authorize a loan
(C) like an expert--computers that will be used for such purposes as diagnosing equipment breakdowns or
deciding whether to authorize a loan
(D) like an expert, the use of which would be for purposes like the diagnosis of equipment breakdowns or
the decision whether or not a loan should be authorized
(E) like an expert, to be used to diagnose equipment breakdowns, deciding whether to authorize a loan or
not, or the like

Between (B) and (C), which one? Can you explain?

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OA is (C)

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02 Dec 2004, 17:12
Oddly, the answer is not (B). Think again. I got tricked too.

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03 Dec 2004, 06:32
The above link is for a different question. OA is (C) by the way. This question is not about "like" vs "as", but something else. Can someone explain, please.

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03 Dec 2004, 07:05
qhoc0010 wrote:
The above link is for a different question. OA is (C) by the way. This question is not about "like" vs "as", but something else. Can someone explain, please.

In B.. 'which' seems to refer to experts , which immediately precedes it. thats the main flaw..

In C, we know that the computer will be made to act like an expert...
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03 Dec 2004, 13:56
qhoc0010 - Do you know the official explanation...
interesting question.....

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03 Dec 2004, 16:08
ruhi160184's explaination is correctly from the OG. "which" is unclear here.

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03 Dec 2004, 18:56
This is one among those questions which scare me like hell

first lets see what is being compared... the reasoning of the system with the reasoning of an expert. and not with an expert itself.

so, '...reason like an expert' seems incorrect to me.. becasue it should be '... reason like an expert does'... so it eliminates choices C, D, and E.

Now left with A and Bthey don't have this particular issue about comparision... however B is incorrect because the word 'which' follows expert...

choice 'A' looks perfect to me... one independent clause in red and a dependant clause in blue.

Proponents of artificial intelligence say they will be able to make computers that can understand English and other human languages, recognize objects, and reason as an expert does-computers that will be used to diagnose equipment breakdowns, deciding whether to authorize a loan, or other purposes such as these. .

However i am not sure can i use '-' a dash to join two clauses... this seems okey in novels etc.. but not sure if ETS accepts this?? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

I am wondering is this sentence incorrect.. " he runs like a deer' or should it be "he runs like a dear does"...??

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04 Dec 2004, 01:23
If the "which" was more clear in this sentence, is it correct to use "as" instead of "like" in this case?

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04 Dec 2004, 09:45
I think sometime the differences between "as" and "like" are unclear. But there is something else better to make decision on picking the correct answer like this case.

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27 May 2011, 11:54
This question appears in the OG VR 2nd Ed.
OA is C

OE is "The sentence presents three functions of intelligent computers,(to diagnose .. deciding .... or other purposes) but they are not written in parallel form. The final function is vague, so turning this into an introductory clause (used for such purposes as ...) and using parallel forms (daignosing/deciding) makes a better sentence.

It clearly mentions, either "as an expert does" or "like an expert" have been used correctly and idiomatically in the choices. .

So dont fret

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