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The most favorable locations for the growth of glaciers, [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 16:00
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The most favorable locations for the growth of
glaciers, rather than being the cold, dry polar
regions, would be instead the cool, moist middle
latitudes
, where there is abundant precipitation
and where it is cold enough to allow some snow
to accumulate year by year.

(A) glaciers, rather than being the cold, dry polar
regions, would be instead the cool, moist
middle latitudes
(B) glaciers are not the cold, dry polar regions but
the cool, moist middle latitudes
(C) glaciers are the cool, moist middle latitudes
rather than the cold, dry polar regions
(D) glaciers, instead of being the cold, dry polar
regions, would be the cool, moist middle
latitudes
(E) glaciers are, instead of the cold, dry polar
regions, rather the cool, moist middle
latitudes


I got this right but took quite a while. Can someone explain the not/but usage ..thanks
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Re: The most favorable locations [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 17:33
ajit257 wrote:
The most favorable locations for the growth of
glaciers, rather than being the cold, dry polar
regions, would be instead the cool, moist middle
latitudes
, where there is abundant precipitation
and where it is cold enough to allow some snow
to accumulate year by year.

(A) glaciers, rather than being the cold, dry polar
regions, would be instead the cool, moist
middle latitudes you can't use rather in this context - this is awkward
(B) glaciers are not the cold, dry polar regions but
the cool, moist middle latitudes this is correct because it provides correct contrast ..not the cold...but the cool moist middle latitude perfectly fits with next section of the sentence ..where there is abundant perciptation
(C) glaciers are the cool, moist middle latitudes
rather than the cold, dry polar regions can dry polar regions modify abundant perciptation that comes after next? no the sentence jumbles the meaning
(D) glaciers, instead of being the cold, dry polar
regions, would be the cool, moist middle
latitudes instead is not the correct contrast word
(E) glaciers are, instead of the cold, dry polar
regions, rather the cool, moist middle
latitudes same as D


I got this right but took quite a while. Can someone explain the not/but usage ..thanks


I selected b in this case because it had the least awkward contrast words - not and but. typically see these in the not only...but also structure but given the options it was the only plausible response in this case. All other answers were incorrect for one reason or the other.
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Re: The most favorable locations [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 03:40
Nice explanation i go for B as well.

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Re: The most favorable locations [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 08:24
Only B and C stand close. C is wrong for the modifier

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