Some historians of science have argued that science moves forward not so much because of the insights of great thinkers but because of more mundane developments, such as improved tools and technologies.
(A) because of the insights of great thinkers but because of
(B) because of the insights of great thinkers as the result of
(C) because of the insights of great thinkers as because of
(D) through the insights of great thinkers but through
(E) through the insights of great thinkers but result from
I'm not so sure the OA is correct. I think it should be A. And here is why: From a "meaning" perspective the author is trying to employ a contrast. He is saying you dont need "high level thinking" but "mundane" stuff.
Himalaya, if you dont mind me asking, what is the source of this question?
In order to demonstrate the contrast you need to have "but" and not "as".
Anyone care to comment on this ?
pls note that we have so much in the not underlined part. so we need as to complete the correct idiom. and also it should be parallel. therefore, it should be C.
if need more explanation, we should request paul, supercat, honghu, saurabhmalpani, banerjee, vithal, praveen, ywilfred and other SC experts.
it is from a collection of some SC questions, which i got from one of my friend.