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# Researchers have explored the possibility that dolphins are

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Researchers have explored the possibility that dolphins are able to be trained to communicate as humans.

A) are able to be trained to communicate as humans
B) were able to be trained to communicate as humans
C) can be trained to communicate like humans can
D) could be trained to communicate as humans
E) are capable of being trained to communicate as humans do
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14 Jan 2005, 13:20
A) are able to be trained to communicate as humans

Dolphins disguised as humans?

B) were able to be trained to communicate as humans

This is past tense. The researchers are making an assertion about dolphins that's still true.

C) can be trained to communicate like humans can

"like humans can ... be trained"? Hmmm.

D) could be trained to communicate as humans

See a.

E) are capable of being trained to communicate as humans do

I like this one best.

I pick E.
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14 Jan 2005, 14:43
Agree with E. I think this is one exception to not eliminate E because of the word "being".
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14 Jan 2005, 16:21
OA is E.
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23 Jan 2005, 14:50
lastochka,

I think the reason is that we use "as" to compare actions and "like" to compare nouns. Hence, C is incorrect.

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24 Jan 2005, 11:04
(E) it is .
C is wrong because if you read the stimulus plugging in (C), it reads

Researchers have explored the possibility that dolphins can be trained to communicate like humans can â€¦be trained

It means humans were trained to communicate thus dolphins can be trained to communicate as well. Basically, (C) gives the sentence a new meaning;.
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04 Oct 2013, 08:01
are / is capable of is also an idiom.

E correct.
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04 Oct 2013, 08:24
In comparisons Like is used with Noun or Noun + modifier and AS is used with clause .
So option E
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05 Oct 2013, 02:22
E it is.

Being can be correct in two cases:
1) when the sentence is in passive voice
2) Being is used as a Gerund and followed up with a verb.....
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12 Oct 2013, 11:48
The use of being here is bcoz , whenever the subject cant do a thing by itself, and that thing should be done by a human(/any other) for/on that subject - BEING should be used.
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20 Oct 2013, 02:29
shrikar23 wrote:
what is wrong with D ?

The question is testing use of Like VS AS in comparisons
As I understand in GMAT Like is used with Nouns and AS is used with clauses

Let me try to use AS and Like in some sentences

Like GRE , GMAT is a standardised test -- Like + Noun ( GRE )
Gmat tests the ability to comprehend english as GRE does . AS + CLause ( GRE does )

AS GRE , GMAT tests the ability to comprehend english . -- In correct

So that is why D is wrong
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20 Oct 2013, 03:41

Usage of "as" and "like "

--> "As" must be followed by noun +verb ( as +humans + do)
--> "Like" must be followed by noun only ( like + noun (humans ))

On the basis of this , we can eliminate A,B,C and D...
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25 Aug 2015, 00:58
abhi398 wrote:

Usage of "as" and "like "

--> "As" must be followed by noun +verb ( as +humans + do)
--> "Like" must be followed by noun only ( like + noun (humans ))

On the basis of this , we can eliminate A,B,C and D...

Than why C is wrong ?? Like is there with Humans
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