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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.

1. but she is not nearly as efficient
2. but she, however, is not nearly as efficient
3. but she is nearly not as efficient
4. even though she is not nearly as efficient
5. despite being not as efficient
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07 May 2009, 05:10
D.
even though is more apt in this sentence.

1. but she is not nearly as efficient use of but
2. but she, however, is not nearly as efficientbut she, however
3. but she is nearly not as efficientnearly not
4. even though she is not nearly as efficientCorrect
5. despite being not as efficientdespite being
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07 May 2009, 05:22
rampuria wrote:
The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her predecessor, but she is not nearly as efficient.

1. but she is not nearly as efficient
2. but she, however, is not nearly as efficient
3. but she is nearly not as efficient
4. even though she is not nearly as efficient
5. despite being not as efficient

I don't see any thing wrong using But

but --> even though --> in contrary --> although are synonyms..(these are conjunctions used to introduce sub-ordinate clauses ) function quite similarly.

A is concise than D.
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07 May 2009, 05:30
Agreed that But and Even though are similar conjunctions.However, my interpretation is that:

Even though the new mayor is not as efficient,she is certainly more progressive than her predecessor.

I think the presence of certainly is what prompts me to use even though
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07 May 2009, 10:46
rampuria, what is the source of question? Somehow, I find the answer choices not properly framed (at least not on the lines of GMATPrep questions).
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07 May 2009, 11:39
rampuria wrote:
The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her predecessor, but she is not nearly as efficient.

1. but she is not nearly as efficient
2. but she, however, is not nearly as efficient -- too many transition words
3. but she is nearly not as efficient -- what's different?
4. even though she is not nearly as efficient - IMO
5. despite being not as efficient

I think use of even though will keep the contrast. Senetence says that new mayor is MORE PROGRESSIVE ..... even though... not AS EFFICIENT. "But" does not provide sharp contrast.
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08 May 2009, 03:47
OA - A

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25 Jul 2009, 01:47
I too picked A.
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26 Jul 2009, 06:56
Whats the difference between C & A?
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27 Jul 2009, 05:31
rampuria wrote:
The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her predecessor, but she is not nearly as efficient.

1. but she is not nearly as efficient
2. but she, however, is not nearly as efficient
3. but she is nearly not as efficient
4. even though she is not nearly as efficient
5. despite being not as efficient

I went for C.

I was between A and C and in C, the adjective 'nearly' is close to the verb 'is' so I chose C ... but why A is correct?
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27 Jul 2009, 15:22
Can some one please provide explanations?
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28 Jul 2009, 00:33
Can anyone confirm me why C is wrong?
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19 Oct 2011, 07:16
angel2009 wrote:
Can anyone confirm me why C is wrong?

In C, it says " but she is nearly not as efficient " Please check the place of "nearly", the sentence should be "she is not nearly as efficient"
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19 Oct 2011, 16:08
This was a good one. I settled with A for two reasons. 1) I couldnt find anything major wrong with it and 2) it was more concise than D.
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29 Feb 2012, 22:40
angel2009 wrote:
Can anyone confirm me why C is wrong?

'Not nearly' is a phrase that means 'not at all'.
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The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her predecessor, but she is not nearly as efficient.

1. but she is not nearly as efficient
2. but she, however, is not nearly as efficient
3. but she is nearly not as efficient
4. even though she is not nearly as efficient
5. despite being not as efficient

Between A and C is the toughest battle. So, I will explain my rational for that part.
PS: I am finding it extremely difficult to explain in words why such constructions are correct, but I will attempt anyways

e.g.
She nearly passed all her exams. (She passed none.)
She passed nearly all her exams. (She passed most of them.)
So, takeaway here is what does nearly modify?
In first case nearly modifies passed.
In second case nearly modifies all her exams.

So, using the same logic: (Lets say not as efficient is BAD, as efficient is GOOD)
In C: The author says: She is nearly BAD
In A: The author says: She is NOT nearly GOOD
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28 May 2012, 23:00
For this one I picked D though, not quite sure why even though is wrong. Is it because of the wordy issue?
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30 May 2012, 08:55
I too picked D

the purpose is to draw a contrast. I dont know whether but is the word of choice here, I went for D because to me Even though draws a good contrast.
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21 Aug 2012, 21:15
How do we know that "she" refers to the mayor and not her predecessor
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