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    Here is a question from a nationwide exam in Turkey, KPDS. I am stuck between D and A. Could you clarify the point?

    I was forced to admit that there was a drop in sales towards the end of the year ---- he had predicted.

    A) such as
    B) even so
    C) in case
    D) just as
    E) so far as

    is it possible to use "just as" instead of "such as" in the sentences below without significant change in meaning? Does that mean there are cases when these two are interchangeable?

    - When he spoke to me this morning about his conversations with Herr von Ribbentrop, Colonel Beck assured me that they had been such as he had predicted to me ...

    - A conflict, such as He had predicted, severed for a time all means of communication with those on whom He had come to place such implicit trust and from ...

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    such as = he predicted a specific drop, like a percentage
    just as = he simply predicted a job
    That's how I'd interpret the difference.

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    thank you, tdol and what about the correct choice, tdol? It's a test question anyway. Is it wrong? Or would we choose "just as" just because it seems more suitable to our ears?

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    Sometimes when making multiple choice questions, the writer can put more than one correct answer by accident- I certainly have done it. I imagine the answer they're looking for is 'just as', which would be the more common form.

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    thank you, tdol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious
    Here is a question from a nationwide exam in Turkey, KPDS. I am stuck between D and A. Could you clarify the point?
    I was forced to admit that there was a drop in sales towards the end of the year ---- he had predicted.
    A) such as
    B) even so
    C) in case
    D) just as
    E) so far as

    Wow.
    such as - is usually followed by an example or a suggestion.
    just as - is usually followed by NP + VP. It functions in the same was as just like

    So I would choose D.

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