In this discussion post series I usually answer questions I get asked by students most often. This week, though, is a special edition where I will be answering a particular question brought up by one of my students which I thought might also be interesting for other students. Look below for this week's question & answer.
Student Question: "There’s this question on my SAT practice test, and it said 'Just as national borders are artificial creations,______ state borders.'
The answer to that question was 'so too are'. But one of the other options was 'the same can be said of'. Why is 'the same can be said of' an incorrect answer to this question?"
My Answer: This is an interesting question and there are a couple reasons why you should say, "Just as national borders are artificial creations, so too are state borders." rather than, "Just as national borders are artificial creations, the same can be said of state borders." :
The quick answer: The simplest reason you can't use the phrase 'the same can be said of' in this sentence is because of the sentence's grammatical structure. In other words, the meaning of the the phrase's 'so too are' and 'the same can be said of' is quite similar, so I understand why it's confusing. We can choose which phrase to use in any particular sentence based on he rest of the sentence's grammatical structure.
How to use the phrase 'the same can be said of': We could use the phrase 'the same can be said of' if we said, "National borders are artificial creations. The same can be said of state borders." When using the phrase 'the same can be said of' you are always referring to a previous statement that was often made in a previous sentence.
When to use the phrase 'so too are': In this example, we use the phrase 'so too are' for 2 reasons. The first reason is because the sentence is opened with the phrase 'Just as'. Much like "Either... or...", "Just as... so too are..." is a fairly common sentence pattern in English. The second reason is because we are referring to a statement that was made in the same sentence and unlike the phrase 'the same can be said of', the phrase 'so too are' is most commonly seen connecting two ideas within a sentence.
These are the main reasons I could think of to explain why 'so too are' is the correct phrase to use in the sentence "Just as national borders are artificial creations,______ state borders." I'd love to hear the other reasons you can think to explain this in the comments! 🌞
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