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# Trying to learn some of the basics of programming is the

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Trying to learn some of the basics of programming is the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager: some people end up going to engineering school, and others, twenty years later, remember nothing of the experience.
(A) the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager
(B) similar to a teenager tinkering with a car
(C) like tinkering with a car as a teenager
(D) the same as a teenager tinkering with a car
(E) like the teenager’s tinkering with a car
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30 Dec 2008, 07:45
(A) the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager
(B) similar to a teenager tinkering with a car
(C) like tinkering with a car as a teenager
(D) the same as a teenager tinkering with a car
(E) like the teenager’s tinkering with a car

like vs as. Use like. A/B/D eliminated
C/E
go with C.
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30 Dec 2008, 10:24
vivektripathi wrote:
Trying to learn some of the basics of programming is the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager: some people end up going to engineering school, and others, twenty years later, remember nothing of the experience.

(A) the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager
(B) similar to a teenager tinkering with a car
(C) like tinkering with a car as a teenager
(D) the same as a teenager tinkering with a car
(E) like the teenager’s tinkering with a car

B. parallism "trying ..............tinkering".
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30 Dec 2008, 10:49
vivektripathi wrote:
Trying to learn some of the basics of programming is the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager: some people end up going to engineering school, and others, twenty years later, remember nothing of the experience.
(A) the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager
(B) similar to a teenager tinkering with a car
(C) like tinkering with a car as a teenager
(D) the same as a teenager tinkering with a car
(E) like the teenager’s tinkering with a car

I go with C. We need to compare like for like: trying to learn...is like tinkering. E is not as clear as C.
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31 Dec 2008, 01:38
Looks to be A

because like should be used to compare nouns 'as' should be used to compare verb, clause, phrase.. etc
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31 Dec 2008, 16:57
selvae wrote:
Looks to be A

because like should be used to compare nouns 'as' should be used to compare verb, clause, phrase.. etc

Agree . IMO A as well for the same reason .
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31 Dec 2008, 18:55
vivektripathi wrote:
Trying to learn some of the basics of programming is the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager: some people end up going to engineering school, and others, twenty years later, remember nothing of the experience.
(A) the same as to tinker with a car when one is a teenager
(B) similar to a teenager tinkering with a car
(C) like tinkering with a car as a teenager
(D) the same as a teenager tinkering with a car
(E) like the teenager’s tinkering with a car

Agree with A

1. B says the illogical comparison btw "trying to learn" and "a teenager", B out
2. The same as B, D out
3. C: "a car as a teenager" is awkard, C out
4. "the teenagers' tinkering" is often awkward, E out

Only A remains, maintaining the parallelism: "to learn....to tinker"
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