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# Teachers in this country have generally been trained either

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23 Jul 2007, 10:13
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Teachers in this country have generally been trained either to approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles without truly understanding how to apply them.

A> to approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles
B> to approach mathematics like a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
C> to approach mathematics as a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
D> that they should approach mathematics as a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
E> that they should approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles

I narrowed down the answer to either B or C. But the OA is C. So now the question is why is 'as' the correct word for comparison?

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23 Jul 2007, 10:53
gluon wrote:
Teachers in this country have generally been trained either to approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles without truly understanding how to apply them.

A> to approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles
B> to approach mathematics like a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
C> to approach mathematics as a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
D> that they should approach mathematics as a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
E> that they should approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles

I narrowed down the answer to either B or C. But the OA is C. So now the question is why is 'as' the correct word for comparison?

like is a tricky word. it can mean similar to or used in a direct comparison.

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23 Jul 2007, 11:05
like is used to compare nouns not actions. C is right.

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23 Jul 2007, 11:06
I would narrow to C & E and go for C since E is wordier.
Is there a better reason for eliminating E besides the fact that C is more concise?

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23 Jul 2007, 12:40
r019h wrote:
I would narrow to C & E and go for C since E is wordier.
Is there a better reason for eliminating E besides the fact that C is more concise?

I think in "E" the use of should is wrong because "should" means that teachers are bound to do something which doesn't sound right.

Also, E uses "Like" instead of "as"

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24 Jul 2007, 09:41
[quote="gluon"]Teachers in this country have generally been trained either to approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles without truly understanding how to apply them.

A> to approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles
B> to approach mathematics like a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
C> to approach mathematics as a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
D> that they should approach mathematics as a creative activity or to force students to memorize rules and principles
E> that they should approach mathematics like a creative activity or that they should force students to memorize rules and principles

I narrowed down the answer to either B or C. But the OA is C. So now the question is why is 'as' the correct word for comparison?[/quo
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Well D E should be eliminated because either that is correct idiom. Between B and C , C should be obvious choice because use of "like" is not correct usage here.

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24 Jul 2007, 10:06
dwivedys wrote:
like is used to compare nouns not actions. C is right.

Not sure if this always stands. I think its a context of a sentence that decides what suits our needs.

Unlike creative activities, destructive activities will be marked as negative in your recommendation letters (or whatever just making a point here).

Teachers in this country have generally been trained either to approach mathematics <to> without truly understanding how to apply them.

Agree with rest. C.

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24 Jul 2007, 11:58
Two incompatible things are to compared mathematics with creative activity. so as is correct. Maths can be treated as a creative activity.

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