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Like many GMAT test takers, John Doe believed in success, [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2005, 19:56
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Like many GMAT test takers, John Doe believed in success, not so much because of his innate skills as because of his self-discipline.

A) Like many GMAT test takers, John Doe believed in success, not so much because of his innate skills as because of his self-discipline.
B) Like many GMAT test takers, John Doe believed in success, not so much because of his innate skills than because of his self-discipline.
C) As many GMAT test takers, John Doe believed in success, not so much because of his innate skills as because of his self-discipline.
D) As many GMAT test takers, John Doe believed in success, not because of his innate skills so much as because of his self-discipline.
E) Like many GMAT test takers, John Doe had believed in success, not because of his innate skills so much than because of his self-discipline.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2005, 20:08
Would go with A

Like many GMAT test takers, John Doe believed in success, not so much because of his innate skills as because of his self-discipline.


"Like" compares GMAT test takers with John

so much ...as ...is idiomatic

"his" has got a clear antecedent "John".
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2005, 21:25
I choose A.
C and D are eliminated because like should be used instead of as. "Like" is used to compare John with test takers. Then eliminate B and E because the idiom not so much as is used.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2005, 22:08
I think asnwer should be 'A'.

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Past indefinite should be given preference over Past perfect. So choice "E" is eliminated.

"Joan Doe" is compared against GMAT Test Takers, So "As" can not be used. Like should be used. So Choice "C" and "D" is eliminated.

In "A" and "B", choice "A" is more correct.

Paul, What is OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2005, 22:19
Like vs as -> choose like, since we're comparing nouns.
E is out. Use of past perfect is inappropriate.

Between A and B, A is the best choice. not so much... as because is the correct idiom.

A for me.
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Re: SC John Doe (Paul4) [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2005, 00:24
Eliminate C and D because of the usage of 'as many test takers'.
Eliminate E because 'had believed' seems odd.
Eliminate B because 'not so much' should be followed by 'as' rather than 'than'
Thus my answer is A
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2005, 01:28
OA is A

Concept tests:
- idiom: not so much X... as Y
- Like vs As, the former introducing phrases vs the latter introducing clauses
- verb tense

John Doe is being compared to other GMAT test takers, a phrase, so we need "like", C and D are out. B is out because it has the wrong idiom "not so much X... than Y". Finally, E is out because it unnecessarily changes verb tense to past perfect and also has the wrong idiom.
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