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What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has been the use of this technology to proliferate in the form of a blog what would traditionally have been a personal diary.

A What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
B The concept that had been as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
C No less remarkable than the advent of the Internet
D The advent of the Internet has been nonetheless remarkable than
E Advent of the Internet was just as remarkable as
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Re: The use of technology to proliferate in the form of a blog [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2012, 13:01
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What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has been the use of this technology to proliferate in the form of a blog what would traditionally have been a personal diary.

A What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
B The concept that had been as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
C No less remarkable than the advent of the Internet
D The advent of the Internet has been nonetheless remarkable than
E Advent of the Internet was just as remarkable as


My answer is A because "as remarkable as" is used to compare between "the advent of the Internet" with "the use of this technology".

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Re: What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2012, 13:49
I think its C.I think "seems" would be appropriate than "seemed".

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Re: What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2012, 17:05
OA is posted right below the question..
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What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has been the use of this technology to proliferate in the form of a blog what would traditionally have been a personal diary.
A What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
B The concept that had been as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
C No less remarkable than the advent of the Internet
D The advent of the Internet has been nonetheless remarkable than
E Advent of the Internet was just as remarkable as


Choices (D) & (E) are clearly grammatical trainwrecks. (B) is hopelessly wordy and indirect. As it apparent from the other posts in this thread, the real choice is between (A) and (C). This is a tricky and subtle choice.

Let's think about the comparison. We are comparing two things:
(1) the advent of the Internet itself
(2) the fact that people use the Internet to overshare highly personal, extremely private information on blogs visible to everyone on the planet (!)
The comparison is saying both these things are equally remarkable.

(A) is bizarrely indirect. Consider these two sentences:
(3) Sally is as smart as Jim.
(4) One who is as smart as Sally is Jim.
Clearly (3) is completely direct and correct, and (4) is an indirect and wordy way of saying the same thing. (3) uses a structure we hear all the time in everyday speech, and it's perfectly correct. (4) is much less natural, much more awkward.

(A) is not much wordier than (C), but it is similarly indirect and awkward. A direct comparison has one term as the subject of the independent clause and the other as the subject of the clause following the word "than" or "as". Here, in (A), the entire comparison ("as remarkable as") is inside a subordinate clause beginning with the word "what" --- What seemed as remarkable as (1) has been (2). Why bury the comparison inside a subordinate clause? That's evasive and bizarre. That's precisely what is awkward about (4) above. That's not powerful and direct. This is precisely why (A) is unacceptable as an answer.

(C) makes the direct comparison in an entirely grammatically appropriate manner.

No less remarkable than (1) has been (2). Perfect.

If you don't typically read, say, the NY Times or the Economist magazine, you may find this grammatical form somewhat unfamiliar, but it is actually quite standard in high quality writing, so it's good to know.

This is why the OA is the correct answer.

Does all this make sense? Please let me know if anyone in the thread, or anyone else reading this, has any further questions.

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Re: What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 20:34
Thanks Mike! Truly appreciate your response.

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Re: What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 00:10
Tough (A) Vs (C )
(C) wins
only (C) tells that the advent and proliferation of the new technology is referring to the same thing.
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Re: What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 13:52
Its strange that the OA changes the original meaning somewhat.

As remarkable as vs. No less remarkable

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Re: What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 15:21
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Its strange that the OA changes the original meaning somewhat.
As remarkable as vs. No less remarkable

Actually, the OA doesn't change the meaning at all. Consider these two sentences:

1) P is as remarkable as Q.

2) P is no less remarkable than Q.

Those are two different ways of saying exactly the same thing. Sentence #2 might sound strange, because it's more formal, and less common in colloquial English; nevertheless, it's perfectly correct, and it means exactly the same thing as #1. This is the advantage of a weekly habit of reading, say, the Economist magazine: it would accustom your ear to such formal language.

Does all this make sense?

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