Source: Official Guide for GMAT Review 2016 Sentence Correction; #21

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Thai village crafts, as with other cultures

Thai village crafts, as with other cultures, have developed through the principle that form follows function and incorporate readily available materials fashioned using traditional skills.

2 Explanations

1

Hanxiong Jiang

Thai village crafts, as with other cultures, have developed through the principle
(that form follows function and incorporate readily available materials fashioned
using traditional skills.)
Is the sentence in bracket a modifier for 'the principle'? If so, verbs in the sentence should be 'forms' and 'incorporates'. But they are not!
Obviously, my understanding is wrong, can anyone explain the structure of this sentence to me?

Jan 31, 2017 • Comment

Adam

Happy to help!

The phrase "that form follows function" modifies "principle." But the part after the "and" is a continuation of the earlier part of the sentence:

Thai village crafts... have developed through the principle... and incorporate readily available materials.

So, both verbs "have developed" and "incorporate" refer back to "Thai village crafts."

Feb 1, 2017 • Reply

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ZOE ZHUYAN

can anyone help clarify that why A is incorrect.

it will be appreciate if explain the usage of "as with".
the usage of "as with" happens on # 21 and # 101 in OG 16

thansk in advance
have a nice day
>_~

Jul 12, 2016 • Comment

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Happy to help :)

The phrase "as with" means "as is the case with" and is use to make comparisons and indicate that two nouns.

In this sentence, we want to compare Thai village crafts with the village crafts of other cultures. (A) is incorrect because the use of "as with" makes the comparison directly between Thai village crafts and other cultures (not the village crafts of those cultures).

Hope this helps :)

Jul 14, 2016 • Reply

Snigdha Sinha

Why is option B wrong - "as did those of".

Oct 11, 2016 • Reply

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Snigdha! Happy to help :) "Did" in this context is used to replace an antecedent verb. This means that the verb being replaced must come before "did." However, there is no verb in the phrase "Thai village crafts." For that reason, (B) isn't correct. Hope this helps :)

Oct 14, 2016 • Reply

ZOE ZHUYAN

thanks for your explanation.
from your explanation, I got the idea that "as with" can be used as a correct answer when comparison, right?
would you please give me some examples?
thanks a lot
have a nice day
>_~

Oct 15, 2016 • Reply

Sam Kinsman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Zoe,

The phrase "as with" can only be used to make a comparison when there is a "with" earlier in the sentence. For example, we could say:

"The problem with Greece, as with many other European countries, is that the government spends more money than it earns."

I hope that helps! :)

Oct 17, 2016 • Reply

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