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Nowhere in Colombia is the influence of French ideas more [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2004, 16:05
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Nowhere in Colombia is the influence of French ideas more apparent than in its political institutions.

A more apparent than in its
B as apparent as it is in its
C so apparent than in their
D more apparent than their
E as apparent than in its

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2004, 17:29
I will go with A on this one.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2004, 19:28
This is a nice question. Difficult to choose between A and B. I think B is wrong because "as apparent as [it is] in its" --> [it is] can be suppressed to make it less wordy. Also, in A, "more apparent than in its" is a superlative expression that conveys a better idea that french ideas is most apparent in Columbia's institutions. "as...as..." is better used to convey a sense of equality between two compared things.
Ex: Peter is more handsome than Jack --> One is more handsome than the other
Ex: Peter is as handsome as Jack is --> One is just as handsome as the other
The sentence here starts with "Nowhere else in Columbia" and wants to infer, IMO, that nowhere else is french ideas more important than rather than just as important as. "Nowhere" is the keyword pointing to this concept of superlativeness.
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Re: SC-24 [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2004, 05:36
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Nowhere in Colombia is the influence of French ideas more apparent than in its political institutions.
A more apparent than in its
B as apparent as it is in its
C so apparent than in their
D more apparent than their
E as apparent than in its

quite difficult for me. first i thought "their" in (d) and (e) refer to "ideas". now i think the choice is (a).
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2004, 14:22
A is the correct answer. Part of the problem here is the Pronoun. We have a choice between their and its. Since the singular noun is Colombia, we can then eliminate C and D for the incorrect pronoun their. B has as...as, which is an inappropriate equal comparison. E gives us as...than, which is also incorrect. More ...than is the proper form of the comparison, which is only found in the correct answer, A.


Paul...great explanation..!


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