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# The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her

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The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her predecessor, but she is not nearly as efficient.
A) but she is not nearly as efficient
B) but she, however, is not nearly as efficient
C)but she is nearly not as efficient
D)even though she is not nearly as efficient
E)despite being not as efficient

what's the difference b/w A and D? i thought "even thoug" and "but" can be used interchangebly. please explaine. thanks!
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02 Sep 2010, 09:19
tt11234 wrote:
The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her predecessor, but she is not nearly as efficient.
A) but she is not nearly as efficient
B) but she, however, is not nearly as efficient
C)but she is nearly not as efficient
D)even though she is not nearly as efficient
E)despite being not as efficient

what's the difference b/w A and D? i thought "even thoug" and "but" can be used interchangebly. please explaine. thanks!

"even though" suggests a judgement made for the mayor ... as in she is good even though she isn't efficient.

while "but" makes no judgement its just making a simple statement that she is good but she is not efficient.

meaning of the sentence changes totally.. with "even though"...in this cntext

IMO a here...
what is OA?
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02 Sep 2010, 09:33
I narrowed to A and D. and picked A because admad10's explanation makes sense.
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02 Sep 2010, 10:30
What is OA? Please post OA and explanation...

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02 Sep 2010, 10:49
It was hard to choose between A nd C for me. Finally I went for A, with no reason to negate C.
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02 Sep 2010, 11:12
Actually i read it somewhere that
Even though is used when the condition given is negative and result is positive
Although is used when the condition given is positive and result is negative

Moreover option with but is shorter than Even though so but is a better option..!!!
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02 Sep 2010, 20:47
rohitgoel15 wrote:
It was hard to choose between A nd C for me. Finally I went for A, with no reason to negate C.

well again sentence meaning changes completely...

with she is not nearly as efficient..means she is not comparable at all...

but with sentence she is nearly not as efficient.. means ... she is more leaned towards not being efficient but a small fraction might be efficient...

always when 2 sentences seem similar.. try n read them slowly to understand what meaning they are making...
it always helps...
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03 Sep 2010, 10:46
tt11234 wrote:
The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her predecessor, but she is not nearly as efficient.
A) but she is not nearly as efficient
B) but she, however, is not nearly as efficient
C)but she is nearly not as efficient
D)even though she is not nearly as efficient
E)despite being not as efficient

what's the difference b/w A and D? i thought "even thoug" and "but" can be used interchangebly. please explaine. thanks!

The answer lies in parallelism.

The new mayor is certainly more progressive
she is not nearly as efficient

The new mayor is parallel to She, is is parallel to is, certainly is parallel to not nearly, more progressive is parallel to as efficient.

As for the reason why C is incorrect.

Therefore, sharply rise is incorrect but rise sharply is correct.
Similarly, nearly not is incorrect and not nearly is correct.

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