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What was as remarkable as the development of the compact [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 04:37
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What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc has been the use of the
new technology to revitalize, in better sound than was ever before possible, some of the
classic recorded performances of the pre-LP era.
(A) What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc
(B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc
(C) No less remarkable than the development of the compact disc
(D) Developing the compact disc has been none the less remarkable than
(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as
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Re: idiom [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 05:28
you will have to use "than" for comparison not "as". For example -
more than
less than
greater than

D uses "ing" progressive tense.

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What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc has been the use of the
new technology to revitalize, in better sound than was ever before possible, some of the
classic recorded performances of the pre-LP era.
(A) What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc
(B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc
(C) No less remarkable than the development of the compact disc
(D) Developing the compact disc has been none the less remarkable than
(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as
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Re: idiom [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 09:24
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A tricky one when choosing between A and C; B and D can be dumped for using unparallel terms such as ‘developing’ something and ‘the use of’ something; E can be cast off for using the unidiomatic ‘no less remarkable as’.

A is a jumble of tenses; It is not clear why something that was as remarkable as something else is also sought to called as ‘has been’ and whether it is still remarkable. This muddle has been rectified in choice C, which avoids the pitfall of A by using a noun phrase with a perfectly built idiom ‘no less than’
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Re: idiom [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 12:44
whichscore wrote:
What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc has been the use of the
new technology to revitalize, in better sound than was ever before possible, some of the
classic recorded performances of the pre-LP era.
(A) What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc [Than required for comparison]
(B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc [same as A]
(C) No less remarkable than the development of the compact disc [correct]
(D) Developing the compact disc has been none the less remarkable than [same as a]
(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as
[same as a]
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