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New post 16 Dec 2015, 08:12
Dear Instructors,

From a GMAT perspective:

Sara teaches her siblings like a school teacher. - Is this usage Correct? (WITHOUT COMMA)
Sara teaches her siblings, like a school teacher. - And this one? (WITH COMMA)

OR it should be -
Like a school teacher, Sara teaches her siblings.

Sara teaches her siblings, as a school teacher does.
Sara teaches her siblings, as does a school teacher.

As a school teacher does, Sara teaches her siblings.
As does a school teacher, Sara teaches her siblings.

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New post 21 Mar 2016, 18:35
Let’s start with the first two sentences. I prefer the one without the comma. The usage is correct. Let’s consider the sentence: “Like a school teacher, Sara teaches her siblings”. This does not provide a comparison between the teaching style of Sara and that of a school teacher. This comparison is necessary for the meaning of the sentence.

Let’s look at the second pair. The second sentence changes the meaning by merely stating that a school teacher teaches her siblings. There is no comparison between Sara’s teaching style and a school teacher’s teaching style. That meaning must be conveyed. Therefore, the first sentence of the second pair is better. I would write it without a comma.

Let’s move to the third pair. The second sentence has the same problem in meaning referred to in the previous paragraph. The first sentence of this pair has an awkward word order. I prefer the word order of the first sentence of the second pair.
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