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Part or all of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.  

Like machinery was integral to the development of industrial capitalism, so the rapid transfer of information is the force driving modern business.

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Choice (D) is correct. It avoids the error of the original by replacing the preposition “Like” with the conjunction “as.” In this sentence, two clauses, “machinery was integral to the development of industrial capitalism” and “the rapid transfer of information is the force driving modern business” are being compared, so a conjunction is required to link them. A preposition cannot link clauses. The adverb “Just” here completes the correlative construction “Just as…. so….” and adds emphasis to the similarity between the two statements being compared.

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