English

Mainly through the efforts of Jane Goodall, apes were revealed to be not blundering, primitive automatons, but beings with as complex and subtle social lives like us.

(A) as complex and subtle social lives like us
(B) complex and subtle social lives just like us
(C) as complex and subtle social lives as us
(D) social lives complex and subtle just as ours
(E) social lives as complex and subtle as ours
  1. Correct Answer: E

    Explanation:

    Skill: Managing grammatical structures used to modify or compare Explanation for Correct Answer E :

    Choice (E) is correct. It avoids the error of the original by completing the “as…as” comparison.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

    Choice (A) involves improper phrasing. The comparative conjunction “as” requires a second “as” to introduce the second object of comparison.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

    Choice (B) involves faulty comparison. It compares the “lives” of apes to “us.”

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

    Choice (C) involves faulty comparison. It compares the “lives” of apes to “us.”

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

    Choice (D) involves improper phrasing. The subordinating conjuction “just as” requires a clause to follow it, but only a pronoun (“ours”) follows it.

Test ID: 1441
Source: SAT Practice Test