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Like or as

by heshamelaziry » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:07 pm
1. More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that hummingbirds can hover as insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.

A. As insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.
B. Like insects flitting gracefully from one flower to another.
C. As insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others.
D. Like insects do that flit gracefully from one flower to others.
E. As do insects that flit gracefully from one flower to some other one.


[spoiler]OA B. Why A is wrong ? Is it because the sentence makes a metaphor comparison, and with metaphor comparisons we use like rather than as.[/spoiler]

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by nitya34 » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:25 pm
The Q is also about right COMPARISON
IMO, its LIKE and not AS
Split into TWO

hummingbirds can hover ....LIKE...insects

Insects is Correctly modified by "flitting gracefully from one flower to another"
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by mmslf75 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:19 am
nitya34 wrote:The Q is also about right COMPARISON
IMO, its LIKE and not AS
Split into TWO

hummingbirds can hover ....LIKE...insects

Insects is Correctly modified by "flitting gracefully from one flower to another"
But guys.. recollect a sentence from spidey's notes
My siamese cat moves across the floor just as a lion stalking its prey moves
My siamese cat moves across the floor just like a lion stalks its prey

SO dont u think answer is E
????

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by brick2009 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:36 am
like ==> similar to

humming birds can hover (similar to) insects flitting gracefully.....

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by varchar » Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:04 pm
Here the comparison is to the nouns Humming birds Vs Insects not to the action verbs. So "Like" should be used instead of "as"

so the answer is B