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# The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her

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06 Jan 2010, 06:17
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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

Can some one explain me the difference between A and C? I knew one of these two is the answer but placement of 'not' tricked me.
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06 Jan 2010, 09:07
imo c..............
nearly adverb is modifying is verb so it should be placed near to verb
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06 Jan 2010, 13:18
isn't the pronoun "she" ambigous in all of the items except E?
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06 Jan 2010, 14:01
Will go with A.
not is correctly negating the phrase nearly as efficient.

not as efficient is correct but nearly not as efficient doesn't make sense.
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06 Jan 2010, 23:21
on 2nd thought, E is redundant as well and uses "being" which should avoided.

Although i feel the pronoun "she" is still ambiguous, Pick A since it is idiomatically correct:

X is not nearly as <adjective> as Y is

the "as Y is" portion is usually omitted.
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08 Jan 2010, 07:20
OA is A ..thanks.
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08 Jan 2010, 09:00
C;

in my view, nearly, qualifies not efficient; adverb precedes-> adjective precedes-> verb

but then I am trying to unlearn all NonGMAT grammer like y'll these days
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08 Jan 2010, 09:48
nope I'm wrong; "Not Nearly as" is accepted construct ...!
so it should be A

Guys,
check this out; really interesting statistical proof of syntatic references in literature for 'Almost' & 'Nearly'

http://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/forskning/kon ... 85-507.pdf (page 10 & 11)
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11 Jan 2010, 09:26
Nearly is adverb, and it can modify anything but noun. Here it is modifying "as" preposition.

Nearly modifying "not" doesn't make sense.

+1 for A.
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