GMAT Verbal: Sentence Correction Example Problem #7

Problem:

Like many self-taught artists, Perle Hessing did not begin to paint until she was well into middle age.

(A) Like
(B) As have
(C) Just as with
(D) Just like
(E) As did

Solution:

Grammar Rule Tested: Like vs. As

This question is a test of the age-old debate about when to use like and when to use as.  For the purposes of the GMAT verbal section, here’s what you need to remember.Movie Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

When no verb follows, use like.  (For example, Sammy eats like a horse.)  Since no verb follows (only “a horse”) you should use “like” and not “as.”  When a verb follows, however, use “as.”  For example, Sammy eats as if she were a horse.  Since the verb “were” follows “as,” use “as” instead of “like.”

Now that we know this simple trick, let’s take a look at the problem above.  Is the underlined portion followed by a verb?  No!  “Many self-taught artists” is just a noun with a series of modifiers.  Therefore, we want to use “like” not “as.”  Eliminate any choices with “as.”

Tip! Eliminate answers with redundant words.

This leaves us with choice (A) vs. choice (D) or “Like” vs. “Just like.”  Remember, you want to pick the answer choice that conveys the idea most clearly, concisely and precisely.  Let’s take a closer look at choice (D).  Is “Just” adding any extra information to “like,” or is it just redundant?  Is there any difference in meaning between “just like” and “like”?  In choice (D), “just” is functioning as an adverb.  It’s simply adding extra emphasis to “like” without adding any meaning.  Therefore, it is redundant.  Get rid of it and go with the most concise answer choice, choice (A).

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