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Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns

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Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2004, 21:37
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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


OA is A...I chose E
How come you can say "no happier than" and not "noT happier than"
sorry for my poor english but I really decided to improve my skills and for that I have to understand the answers, not just see it. I have to be able to understand the rules...if I don't want to repeat the error.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2004, 22:22
I think "no happier" is correct grammar. Also, in A "happier" is comparitive and in E "as happy as" is equative comparisions.
I don't have a clear explanation, but will putforth some examples. Others, please feel free to correct the same. And sorry for an abstract post.


1) Freedman’s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.
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Freedman’s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas do not consider themselves any happier than do people living in big cities.

2) If you really wanted to use "not as happy as people who live", it might change the structure/meaning a little.
Comparitive: Freedman’s survey showed that people who live in small towns and rural areas are not happier than people who live in big cities.
Equative: Freedman’s survey showed that people who live in small towns and rural areas are not as happy as people who live in big cities.

1 is about people considering themselves, whereas 2, by using "are", asserts the surveys results.
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