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Use of like for Introducing Examples

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Hi,

In GmatClub I recently came across a sentence where 'like' is used to introduce example in non-underlined portion on the sentence.
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Especially in the early years, new entrepreneurs may need to find resourceful ways, like renting temporary office space or using answering services, that make their company seem large and more firmly established than they may actually be.


The question is supposedly from OG'17. Is there a change from GMAC on the rule that 'like' can't be used to introduce examples ?

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Hi Ankuj, of particular relevance would be the following explanation of #65 in Verbal Review 2nd Edition:

While there has been some disputes over the use of like to mean for example this is an acceptable use.

Our book Sentence Correction Nirvana specifically notes this:

GMAT considers like as a valid usage, when the intent is to provide examples.

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Nobody is going to like this answer (myself included!), but it isn't unusual for "errors" of some sort to appear in the non-underlined portion of official GMAT questions. Here's the important thing to keep in mind -- always -- as you do GMAT SC: you're always looking for the "most effective answer," as stated in the SC instructions in the OGs.

That doesn't mean that you're looking for a "perfect" or even a "good" answer -- just the best of a potentially crappy bunch.

What does this mean in practice? Well, you're basically free to ignore anything that doesn't actually help you distinguish between the five answer choices. I like to tell my students to find the four worst answers; by default, the fifth answer will be the winner, even if it isn't a wonderful sentence.

So if the same "error" is repeated in all five answer choices, then don't worry about it.

But what about the use of "like" to introduce examples? I think the GMAT is inconsistent on this issue. As EducationAisle points out, the explanation to question #65 in the second edition of the verbal guide (same as #267 in the 2017 edition) does say that it's acceptable to use "like" to introduce examples. Interestingly, the explanation to #28 in OG 12 says the opposite: "Like is the wrong word to introduce examples."

So yes, that's a little bit maddening. In plenty of official SC questions, "such as" seems to be clearly preferred over "like" to introduce examples; given the choice between the two, I would stick with "such as," unless there's another issue that seems to trump it.

I hope this helps!
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