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# Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can

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Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked when they are fully ripe, and they remain at peak flavor for only four or five days after that.

(A) Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked
(B) Picking strawberries, unlike with green bananas that can be ripened artificially, must be done
(C) Unlike bananas, which can be picked green and ripened artificially, strawberries must be picked
(D) Unlike with green bananas, which can be picked and ripened artificially, strawberry picking must be done
(E) Unlike picking bananas, strawberries cannot be picked green and ripened artificially, but must be picked
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12 Nov 2013, 01:47
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The key to solving this SC problem is understanding the principles of comparisons in sentences that use 'like' or 'unlike'. The fundamental principle of comparison is that comparisons must be logical. We can only compare items that are logically comparable (remember the old adage about avoiding comparing 'apples and oranges'). In addition to adhering to logic, the comparison must also be grammatically correct: we use 'like' to compare nouns, so we must check that the items compared are nouns or noun replacements.

In answer choices A, B, D and E, the comparison is not logical. These sentences compare a noun 'strawberries' with an action 'picking'. It is not OK to say "Strawberries, unlike picking bananas...etc.'. Nor is it OK to say "Picking strawberries, unlike with green bananas". The use of 'with' damages the comparison. Instead we want to look for a sentence that either compares 'strawberries' with a comparable fruit 'bananas' - or for a sentence that compares "picking" with "picking" or with some other comparable actions. In other words, a correct comparison must be built around a phrase such as 'Strawberries, unlike bananas...', OR "Picking strawberries, unlike picking bananas...". We search for such corrections, even if the word order in the sentence puts these elements at a distance from each other or switches around the order of the comparison. This is the basis for eliminating A, B, D, and E.

Once we understand this principle it is easy to see that the only sentence that creates a logical and grammatical comparison is C - here 'bananas' are compared with 'strawberries'. The other potentially correct way to rewrite this sentence, by comparing 'picking' with 'picking' does not appear in any of the answer choices.

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Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked when they are fully ripe, and they remain at peak flavor for only four or five days after that.

(A) Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked
(B) Picking strawberries, unlike with green bananas that can be ripened artificially, must be done
(C) Unlike bananas, which can be picked green and ripened artificially, strawberries must be picked
(D) Unlike with green bananas, which can be picked and ripened artificially, strawberry picking must be done
(E) Unlike picking bananas, strawberries cannot be picked green and ripened artificially, but must be picked
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monirjewel wrote:
Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked when they are fully ripe, and they remain at peak flavor for only four or five days after that.

(A) Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked
(B) Picking strawberries, unlike with green bananas that can be ripened artificially, must be done
(C) Unlike bananas, which can be picked green and ripened artificially, strawberries must be picked
(D) Unlike with green bananas, which can be picked and ripened artificially, strawberry picking must be done
(E) Unlike picking bananas, strawberries cannot be picked green and ripened artificially, but must be picked

The comparison can be in the two ways:-
1) As banana picking, strawberry picking must not be done
2) Unlike Banana, strawberry...

C mentions this structure correctly
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monirjewel wrote:
Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked when they are fully ripe, and they remain at peak flavor for only four or five days after that.

(A) Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked
(B) Picking strawberries, unlike with green bananas that can be ripened artificially, must be done
(C) Unlike bananas, which can be picked green and ripened artificially, strawberries must be picked
(D) Unlike with green bananas, which can be picked and ripened artificially, strawberry picking must be done
(E) Unlike picking bananas, strawberries cannot be picked green and ripened artificially, but must be picked

Correct idiomatic usage of unlike is

Unlike X, Y

Only (C) has the correct idiomatic usage so this is our answer !!
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01 Aug 2016, 01:15
Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked when they are fully ripe, and they remain at peak flavor for only four or five days after that.

strawberries -->right comparison -> bananas not "picking banas"
(A) Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked Wrong Comparison
(B) Picking strawberries, unlike with green bananas that can be ripened artificially, must be done

WC

(C) Unlike bananas, which can be picked green and ripened artificially, strawberries must be picked
(D) Unlike with green bananas, which can be picked and ripened artificially, strawberry picking must be done
with banana => wrong meaning / WC
(E) Unlike picking bananas, strawberries cannot be picked green and ripened artificially, but must be picked
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25 Feb 2020, 06:16
Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked when they are fully ripe, and they remain at peak flavor for only four or five days after that.

Quote:
(A) Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can be ripened artificially, must be picked

Strawberries are compared with picking bananas, strawberries must be compared with bananas.
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(B) Picking strawberries, unlike with green bananas that can be ripened artificially, must be done

unlike or like can only compare nouns, not verbs/actions.
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(C) Unlike bananas, which can be picked green and ripened artificially, strawberries must be picked

CLEAN comparison between bananas and strawberries.
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(D) Unlike with green bananas, which can be picked and ripened artificially, strawberry picking must be done

same as (B)
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(E) Unlike picking bananas, strawberries cannot be picked green and ripened artificially, but must be picked

Same as (B)
Re: Strawberries, unlike picking bananas that are green and can   [#permalink] 25 Feb 2020, 06:16
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