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Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 10:18
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317. Freedman’s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.
(A) no happier than do people living
(B) not any happier than do people living
(C) not any happier than do people who live
(D) no happier than are people who are living
(E) not as happy as are people who live


please explain your choices ...

and explain 'no happier' versus 'not any happier' also....
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 11:11
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317. Freedman’s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.
(A) no happier than do people living
(B) not any happier than do people living
(C) not any happier than do people who live
(D) no happier than are people who are living
(E) not as happy as are people who live


please explain your choices ...

and explain 'no happier' versus 'not any happier' also....



I think A

Its ok as it is...

"happier " is in comparative form ...so its ok ..because we are comparing happiness of two kind of people.
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 15:31
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317. Freedman’s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.
(A) no happier than do people living
(B) not any happier than do people living
(C) not any happier than do people who live
(D) no happier than are people who are living
(E) not as happy as are people who live


please explain your choices ...

and explain 'no happier' versus 'not any happier' also....



1) "not any happier than'' is not idiomatic, "no hammer than' is idiomatic.....so we are left with a) and d).
2) "are people who are leaving" - wordier and "are people" cannot be used here it requires "do people".
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2010, 05:26
317. Freedman’s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.
(A) no happier than do people living
(B) not any happier than do people living
(C) not any happier than do people who live
(D) no happier than are people who are living
(E) not as happy as are people who live

First Take: no happier Vs not any happier...
Not any happier is wrong (not correct idiom).... hence B,C,E are out...

Between A and D.... A is parallel to the ques.... people living in X... than do people living in....

Hence A is correct!
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 09:01
I think C, D, E are out as it has to end with people living for parallelism..

between no happier and not any happier ..

I would go with 'no happier"

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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2011, 10:58
+1 A

It keeps the meaning and sense.
It is concise.
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 19:00
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 19:56
being happy is an action.Do correctly refers to this.
A is correct. E changes the tense bringing into present with the 'are' usage there.
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2011, 18:07
I was struggling with the difference between ' no happier' versus 'not any happier' as well, since that seems to be the only difference between answer options A & B.

This is what I understand.

'not any happier' changes the meaning of the sentence - When you say John is not any happier than Susan- John is not happier than Susan is- but 'no happier' better comparison when you use consider- John considers himself to be no happier than Susan.

At least that how I made my peace with option A!!
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2011, 02:47
pls explain the problem with E ???
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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2011, 03:12
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pls explain the problem with E ???


E has a meaning issue.

You and I are the same happiness. You are no happier than I.

Are you not as happy me?

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Re: 1000 SC -- people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 05:30
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pls explain the problem with E ???


E has a meaning issue.

You and I are the same happiness. You are no happier than I.

Are you not as happy me?

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Just to aid on this in E- i) "are" is resdundent, ii) we are comparing people living in "A" with people living in "B"

Hope it's clear now...
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Re: Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 12:27
I still don't get the difference between 'not any happier' vs 'no happier'. Can someone please explain how to get rid of (b) .......not any happier vs no happier - issue between the choices a and b - is still not clear.
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Re: Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 23:25
teal wrote:
I still don't get the difference between 'not any happier' vs 'no happier'. Can someone please explain how to get rid of (b) .......not any happier vs no happier - issue between the choices a and b - is still not clear.

not any happier refer to none or nobody,which is incorrect idiom in this question.
no happier denotes the current state of mind of the people and is the correct comparison .
Remember its about the meaning of the sentence instead of usage of correct words.
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Re: Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 23:42
So if Not any happier is not idiomatic. Do we need to worry about this sort of SC, since i keep hearing that the idiom is not tested anymore?
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Re: Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2014, 22:40
Sentence is having parallelism issue

People living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves .......than people living for parallelism

So C,D, and E are incorrect

Not any happier :-Not a correct idiom So A is correct!!!
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Re: Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2014, 11:33
It seems the confusion is between no happier and not any happier. The difference becomes apparent if we insert the word more, which is implicit. The second form is actually not any more happier which conveys the same meaning as no happier. As happier is the comparative form of happy, so we don't need a second comparative any more.

For eg.
X is not taller than Y. - concise
X is not any (more) taller than Y. - too verbose
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