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Even their most ardent champions concede that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary before solar cells can meet the goal of providing one percent of the nations energy needs.

A. that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

B. that nothing other than a technical or scientific breakthrough is needed

C. that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

D. the necessity for an occurrence of a technical or scientific breakthrough

E. the necessity for a technical or scientific breakthrough occurring
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12 Jan 2006, 22:09
Though A sounds good here, I would still choose C.
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12 Jan 2006, 23:00
I choose C as well. It is simple and concise since GMAT does not prefer wordiness
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13 Jan 2006, 00:09
Guys, Is it necessary to correct a sentence just because of wordiness.

If it appears in real GMAT, I will be going for A.
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13 Jan 2006, 01:42
I see 'C'.

Other choices are wordy, not necessary!
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13 Jan 2006, 06:42
Between A and C, C conveys the same meaning using fewer words.
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13 Jan 2006, 06:52
I would tend to go with A, and not C, and here is why :

A uses the words 'no less than'. To me, this needs to be part of the sentence because it is stressing the importance of the need for a breakthrough, and that nothing less than that will do.

If you pick C, it removes this stress of importance from the sentence, thereby altering the meaning, no ?

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13 Jan 2006, 11:53
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I would tend to go with A, and not C, and here is why :

A uses the words 'no less than'. To me, this needs to be part of the sentence because it is stressing the importance of the need for a breakthrough, and that nothing less than that will do.

If you pick C, it removes this stress of importance from the sentence, thereby altering the meaning, no ?

This is the reason why I went with A in my earlier post.
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13 Jan 2006, 13:49
joining the C bandwagon! It is more precise and conveys the same meaning that A does
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13 Jan 2006, 18:40
guys OA is C.

But I was also concerned about why A is Wrong. Is the only reason of wordiness suffice even though A stresses better the need for break through....
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13 Jan 2006, 19:00
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guys OA is C.

But I was also concerned about why A is Wrong. Is the only reason of wordiness suffice even though A stresses better the need for break through....

A. that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary
C. that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

cj,

If we see at 'A', the extra words do not provide any additional important information, it means the same as 'C' means, except that we do feel "stress" in 'A' but I think conveying meaning is important.

If we talk of stress, 'A' explicitly says that "nothing other than X is needed", whereas C says "X is needed" & "only X is needed" is understood.

So far, I have not seen an SC where extra words like these okayed for "mood" of the sentence. Hello All, please put an SC like this, which you come across !!!
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15 Jan 2006, 18:36
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cool_jonny009 wrote:
guys OA is C.

But I was also concerned about why A is Wrong. Is the only reason of wordiness suffice even though A stresses better the need for break through....

A. that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary
C. that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

cj,

If we see at 'A', the extra words do not provide any additional important information, it means the same as 'C' means, except that we do feel "stress" in 'A' but I think conveying meaning is important.

If we talk of stress, 'A' explicitly says that "nothing other than X is needed", whereas C says "X is needed" & "only X is needed" is understood.

So far, I have not seen an SC where extra words like these okayed for "mood" of the sentence. Hello All, please put an SC like this, which you come across !!!

My understanding is different here:

A. that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

Here, it says that 'technical or scientific breakthrough' is the minimum requirement to meet the goal of providing one percent of the nations energy needs.
Anything more than 'technical or scientific breakthrough' would be an additional push.

C. that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

Here again it says that 'technical or scientific breakthrough' is the minimum requirement to meet the goal of providing one percent of the nations energy needs.
It means at least 'technical or scientific breakthrough' is required.
So here we cannot say that only 'technical or scientific breakthrough' is needed.

Please let me know whether I am making sense or not.

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16 Jan 2006, 20:17
A. Redundant. No less and neccesary convey the same meaning, I think

B. Changes the meaning of the original sentence

C. Correct, concise and succinct

D,E are out "concede that" is idiomatic.
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16 Jan 2006, 20:21
pmenon wrote:
I would tend to go with A, and not C, and here is why :

A uses the words 'no less than'. To me, this needs to be part of the sentence because it is stressing the importance of the need for a breakthrough, and that nothing less than that will do.

If you pick C, it removes this stress of importance from the sentence, thereby altering the meaning, no ?

The word "necessary" strersses that importance very well.
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12 Aug 2007, 11:31
I ended up picking up A on this. I saw it on an ole powerprep test. I still feel C changes the meaning a bit, however, its an OA.
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12 Aug 2007, 12:22
asaf wrote:
I ended up picking up A on this. I saw it on an ole powerprep test. I still feel C changes the meaning a bit, however, its an OA.

Thanks for resurrecting this question... no less then.. necessary convey the same meaning thus making A wordy and C the right answer
12 Aug 2007, 12:22
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