It was like using a watch that runs slow. (It=Egyptian calendar)
What was the Egyptian calendar similar to?
- using a watch that runs slow
- a watch that runs slow
Which one is correct?
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Actually neither is correct, it should be
like a watch that runs slowly
slowly is the adverb that modifies the verb runs
For your phrase examples, the Egyptian calendar is similar to both
The Egyptian calendar was similar to using a watch that runs slowly
in its usage, "Using the Egyptian calendar" is implied, or
The Egyptian calendar was similar to a watch that runs slowly.
describes how the Egyptian calendar itself runs. Better phrasing might be
The Egyptian calendar was like a slow running watch.
using the simile like to make an analogous comparison.