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2. According to one expert, the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria as that the breeds have relatively few founding members.
A. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria
B. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not as much their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much


C, D, E is out because of its ambiguous antecedent when go after "according to...". We only need evaluate choice A and B. Choice B is not parallel. So, only choice A is correct one.
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Initially thought E but now i agree with A
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Q. According to one expert, the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria as that the breeds have relatively few founding members.
A. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria
B. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not as much their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much
C. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog that they are being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much
D. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria so much
E. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog to be bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria


I marked B thinking about the "not as much " "as much as that" structure ....please explain.
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Q. According to one expert, the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria as that the breeds have relatively few founding members.
A. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria
B. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not as much their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much
C. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog that they are being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much
D. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria so much
E. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog to be bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria


I marked B thinking about the "not as much " "as much as that" structure ....please explain.


Dear Shikhar ,
Even i was confused between A & B but if you see B has one problem:
their being bred ---
other narrow criteria as much .
i am not able to locate tha to whom does their address . So i marked A.
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New post 27 Feb 2012, 07:16
Hi Shikhar,

I too marked B first:(
A is correct due to the idiom use -
Not As Much(that) X As(that) Y.
Also, as gladiator999 pointed out its not clear to what "Their" refers to.

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But it says Not so much X as Y is that also acceptable ??
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New post 27 Feb 2012, 11:19
+1 for A

In B,

their being bred for looks or meeting -> Not parallel
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C, D and E are straightway out since the sentence construction is aqward and wordy.

Out of A and B, B has improper usage of As much... as...

Answer :- A

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+1 for A

In B,

their being bred for looks or meeting -> Not parallel


Parallelism is not the issue here. Actually parallelism is correct in B.

their being bred for looks or [their] meeting other narrow .

B has the incorrect idiom : not as much X .... as much Y . The correct idiom is not as much X .... as Y . The idiomatic usage in A, so much X as Y is accetable.

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Q. According to one expert, the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria as that the breeds have relatively few founding members.
A. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria
B. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not as much their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much

I marked B thinking about the "not as much " "as much as that" structure ....please explain.


C, D, E are eliminated because modifier problem (The initial modifier is "according to one expert")

In choice B "as" does not going with "much as that" in the nearly end of sentence.

Choice A is correct because of parallelism "... is not so much that dogs..." paralleled with "...criteria as that..."

so much as ... as ...
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This tests the idiom "not so much X as Y." Some examples:

1. My poor grade is due not so much to my failure to do my homework as to my failure to submit it on time.
2. The root of our confusion is not so much combinatorics as factorials fundamentally.
3. They did not so much dance as float across the floor.

Parallelism is required between X and Y. In the examples above, the parallelism is between:
1. prepositional phrases
2. nouns
3. verbs



Hi esledge,
i approached this question the following way. please confirm if i am on the right track. Dday in 9 days, please help

According to one expert, the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria as that the breeds have relatively few founding members.

(A) the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria - proper idiomatic usage. Correct
(B) the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not as much their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much
(C) it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog that they are being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much - same as E
(D) it is not so much that the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria so much
(E) it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog to be bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria - it doesnt refer to anything.

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According to one expert, the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria as that the breeds have relatively few founding members.

In the first go, I knew the following:
1. I could not say for certain if the right answer is right, because I am always suspicious of the use of "being". So I will go by POE.
2. Also I knew that the structure at least should be "the cause is not so much X as Y". This eliminates C,D and E.

A. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria - Hold on.
B. the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not as much their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much - a "that" is missing after "as much...". The non-underlined part of the sentence has "as that the breeds have..", so the underlined part must have " as much that their being.." for parallelism. Secondly, there are 2 purposes why dogs are being bred - "for looks" or "to meet some other criteria", NOT "meeting other criteria". Hence that is incorrect too.
C. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog that they are being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much - Incorrect as per pre-thinking
D. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria so much - Incorrect as per pre-thinking
E. it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog to be bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria - Incorrect as per pre-thinking
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(A) the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria. Correct
(B) the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not as much their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much. Wrong
(C) it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog that they are being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much. Wrong
(D) it is not so much that the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria so much. Wrong
(E) it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog to be bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria. correct parallelism but wrong due to other reasons. "It is not so much" is wordy.

In a sentence, AND, OR and BUT maintains strict parallelism. Sentence structure just before and after these words should be in parallel form.
I hope my reasoning is correct for this question.
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“the cause of genetic “ modifies the first sentence “ according to..”, there is a parallelism maker “ as” so that the phrase “ that dogs “ parallel to “ that the breeds”. So choice A is correct.

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According to one expert, the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria as that the breeds have relatively few founding members.

(A) the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria

(B) the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not as much their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much
The idiom used in this option is not AS MUCH xxxxx AS yyyy. But in the non underlined portion [color=#ff00ff]AS is followed by THAT, so we need THAT after not AS MUCH as well. Thus, incorrect.[/color]

(C) it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog that they are being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria as much

(D) it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is their being bred for looks or meeting other narrow criteria so much

(E) it is not so much the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog to be bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria

Though this question can be solved just knowing the correct format of the idiom NOT SO MUCH xxxxxx AS yyyyyy, where xxxxxx and yyyyyy should be parallel. Only option A follows this format. So Correct. But knowing the correct usage of BEING is also beneficial for more difficult questions.


Analysing the usage of BEING in option A :
(A) the cause of genetic irregularities in many breeds of dog is not so much that dogs are being bred for looks or to meet other narrow criteria

This usage of being falls under its second correct usage :
Correct Usage 2 - When passive continuous verb tense is required to communicate the meaning. For example:
The residents of this 100-year old apartment complex are being evacuated because of structural instability of the building.
Notice the verb tense here - are being evacuated-present continuous written in passive voice. If you don't see the helping verb - anything such as is, are, was, were will be. would be , and so on-, before being, then be sure ' being is not being used properly.

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