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Among baseball's all-time fastest baserunners, perhaps it is none that was faster than James "Cool Papa" Bell, who is reputed to have rounded the bases in only 12 seconds on many occasions.

A. perhaps it is none that was faster than
B. maybe none was faster than
C. there was maybe no one who was faster than
D. perhaps none was as faster than
E. there is maybe none who was faster than

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Option B conveys the meaning most efficiently, I would go with B.

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Alright, I'll bite: how can I not provide an explanation for the "Cool Papa Bell" question? :cool:

Among baseball's all-time fastest baserunners, perhaps it is none that was faster than James "Cool Papa" Bell, who is reputed to have rounded the bases in only 12 seconds on many occasions.

A. perhaps it is none that was faster than
B. maybe none was faster than
C. there was maybe no one who was faster than
D. perhaps none was as faster than
E. there is maybe none who was faster than

Answer choice analysis:

CHOICE A: This would sound great if it were to read "perhaps none was faster than," which would be the perfect solution. Unfortunately, it doesn't: there's an extra "it is" and "that" thrown in there, which makes the sentence wordy / contradictory (using a present tense and a past tense verb to describe the same person). Eliminate.

CHOICE B: Correct. "Maybe" isn't quite as good as "perhaps," but they are virtually equivalent. "None" (not one) is a singular pronoun and is conjugated correctly ("he/she/it was").

CHOICE C: This would sound great if it were to read "there was maybe no one faster than," which would be a great fit, but again, AS IN CHOICE A WE ARE UNNECESSARILY DOUBLING UP ON THE VERB ("was" + "was"), which is clearly redundant. Eliminate.

CHOICE D: Although the word "as" is often used in comparisons ("There are few standardized exams AS hard AS the GMAT". etc.), it should not be used in combination with an -er comparison, like "as faster" or "as slower." Eliminate.

CHOICE E: Again, as in Choices A and C, we are using the verb "was" twice with the same subject. This just goes to show that WHEN YOU SEE A CERTAIN ERROR ON GMAT SC, THAT ERROR IS LIKELY TO REPEAT ITSELF IN OTHER ANSWER CHOICES.

My Perfect Version: Among baseball's all-time fastest baserunners, perhaps none was faster than James "Cool Papa" Bell, who is reputed to have rounded the bases in only 12 seconds on many occasions.

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A question about "Cool Papa" Bell.

Split #1: the comparison idiom. It is correct to say "P is faster than Q", if they are not equals, or "P is as fast as Q", if they are equals. Both of those are perfectly correct, but the construction "as faster than" is 100% wrong and totally unacceptable. Choice (D) makes this mistake.
Split #2: "perhaps"/"maybe." Both are correct. The word "perhaps" is slightly more formal than the word "maybe", but this is not enough to exclude either one.

Split #3: concision. Choice (A) has an empty "it", which is rarely correct on the GMAT, and its structure is so indirect that it's not even clear whether its grammatically correct: "perhaps it is none that was faster than" --- what an abomination! Choice (A) is irredeemably wrong.

Choices (C) & (E) are similar. Both are grammatically correct, but stylistically, they are very wordy and indirect "there was maybe no one who was faster than" --- again, ridiculously too wordy! There is no way either of these would be correct on the GMAT.

This leaves (B): "maybe none was faster than." Choice (B) is grammatically and idiomatically correct. It is sleek, direct, and efficient. Choice (B) is by far the best possible answer.
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