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534. No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that half of all Americans never read a book.
(A) No less an authority than (B) Nonetheless an authority (C) Nevertheless authoritarian (D) Not less an authority than (E) An authority not less than
A - is the best answer. It introduces the value of the person and is an accepted, yet somewhat awkward way to say it. (IMO) B - nonetheless means "in spite of" and would indicate Americans haven't read a book even though Cronkite reported on the issue C - authoritarian is an adjective that's completely unrelated to the sentence D - Not is typically used to negate something. In this case, the sentence is just using a correct, but awkward way to introduce him. E - using "an authority" would indicate someone other than Walter Cronkite, who was at least his equal. (Since we use indefinite articles to introduce previously unreferenced nouns into conversation)
These kind of SCs remind me that I am not a native english speaker. This is a complete IDIOM based SC - and also not a very common IDIOM. I will prefer POE here :
(A) No less an authority than (B) Nonetheless an authority - this looks like a continuation from some other sentence (C) Nevertheless authoritarian - Same reason as B. Also, should have been "an authoritarian" (D) Not less an authority than - Normally I have not seen Not used to modify noun - I think it can modify verb only- not sure though (E) An authority not less than - looks like we are talking about some other authority and comparing with Walter Cronkite
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Re: No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that
06 Sep 2015, 02:02