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Born in Mainz in the late 14th century, Johannes Gutenberg is widely known as the inventor of mechanical movable type; his ingenious printing press technology - made obsolete only by the advent of the digital era - was more influential than any inventor of his age.

A. was more influential than any
B. was more influential than that of any other
C. more influential than that of any other
D. had more influence than any other
E. was more influential than that of any

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A. was more influential than any - Wrong Comparision. Technology is compared to inventors
B. was more influential than that of any other
C. more influential than that of any other - Verb missing
D. had more influence than any other - Same as A
E. was more influential than that of any - "Than that of any inventor.." implies that printing press technology was more influential than itself. The correct way to express is "more influential than that of any OTHER ...."
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B. This option is correctly comparing technology with technology of any other inventor
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E. Not sure why other is necessary after any. It's understood that we are comparing Johannes Gutenberg technology influence to the influence of any other inventor's technology. So do we really need to repeat other?

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E. Not sure why other is necessary after any. It's understood that we are comparing Johannes Gutenberg technology influence to the influence of any other inventor's technology. So do we really need to repeat other?

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If there is only "Any" in the sentence instead of any other, then Johannes Gutenberg's technology is also compared against his technology along with that of others so that's why i think any other is the correct option.
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A,D - Incorrect comparison, comparison of technology with inventor.
C - Verb missing for second part of the sentence, fragment.
(B,E) - B is more clear.

Hence, B is the answer.
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Hi,

In this question what is the extra value that 'any' is adding. I had it zeroed down to B & E but haven't really been able to move ahead.
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In this question what is the extra value that 'any' is adding. I had it zeroed down to B & E but haven't really been able to move ahead.


As we can see the difference between B and E is of 'any' and 'any other'. If we use 'any', it means that we are comparing Johannes Gutenberg's technology with itself.Hence we require 'any other' to convey that we need to compare Johannes Gutenberg's tech with other inventors tech of his time.

Now the relevance of 'any' here is: If we read the sentence without any it reads as -

was more influential than that of any other inventor.

Here the sentence now says that Johannes Gutenberg's invention is better than some other inventor, say Jacob, who now sounds as a single competitor, and not all of the inventors of his time.

'Any' helps focusing on all the inventors of his time and not just any single inventor.

Hope this makes sense. Please let me know if any clarification required.
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adstudy wrote:

In this question what is the extra value that 'any' is adding. I had it zeroed down to B & E but haven't really been able to move ahead.

As we can see the difference between B and E is of 'any' and 'any other'. If we use 'any', it means that we are comparing Johannes Gutenberg's technology with itself.Hence we require 'any other' to convey that we need to compare Johannes Gutenberg's tech with other inventors tech of his time.

Hope this makes sense. Please let me know if any clarification required.


Thanks AD. Now when i compare than that of any investor v/s than that of any other investor - are you saying the former means comparing with self? In that case could you elaborate on it a little. Thanks mate
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adstudy wrote:

In this question what is the extra value that 'any' is adding. I had it zeroed down to B & E but haven't really been able to move ahead.

As we can see the difference between B and E is of 'any' and 'any other'. If we use 'any', it means that we are comparing Johannes Gutenberg's technology with itself.Hence we require 'any other' to convey that we need to compare Johannes Gutenberg's tech with other inventors tech of his time.

Hope this makes sense. Please let me know if any clarification required.


Thanks AD. Now when i compare than that of any investor v/s than that of any other investor - are you saying the former means comparing with self? In that case could you elaborate on it a little. Thanks mate


Hey jimmy6473,

Yes, using only 'any' will include the investor himself.

Say for example we have three investors Aaron, Barry and Carol.

Now if I say that

Aaron's earnings are more than that of any investor ->

This means that Aaron's earnings are getting compared with Aaron, Barry and Carol's earnings, where Aaron is including himself also

and If I say,

Aaron's earnings are more than that of any other investor ->

This means that Aaron's earnings are getting compared with Barry and Carol's earnings, where Aaron is not including himself.

Hope this clarifies it better. Let me know in case of any clarifications.
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