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# Child prodigies are marked not so much by their skills but

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209. Child prodigies are marked not so much by their skills but instead by the fact that these skills are fully developed at a very early age.
(B) rather than
(C) than
(D) as
(E) so much as

please explain ... which Idiom fits here?

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28 Mar 2009, 06:39
so much.... as
So it is not A.
It is not B since "rather than" is awkward.
"than" changes the way the sentence is structured - so not C.
It is not E since it is a repetition of so much.

So it is D. What is the OA?

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28 Mar 2009, 06:45
yes
"Not so much X...as Y..."

Just to add; "Not X but rather Y" is Correct too(Source:Manhattan SC)
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28 Mar 2009, 06:49
Yes agreed. If "so much...as" is not there, "but rather" would be correct.

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28 Mar 2009, 07:27
tharunv wrote:
so much.... as
So it is not A.
It is not B since "rather than" is awkward.
"than" changes the way the sentence is structured - so not C.
It is not E since it is a repetition of so much.

So it is D. What is the OA?

tharunv, Thanks. OA is D. I didn't see 'not' infront of 'so' . So I missed this idiom. If I try to solve Questions faster, I make all this kind of mistakes .

Anyways, Thanks.

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28 Mar 2009, 08:10
We are all in the same boat - I make these fast mistakes in quant! Anyways good questions.

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29 Dec 2010, 03:31
i went with B. thanks for correcting the idionm.

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21 Mar 2011, 08:22
missed the idiom..thanks for the question

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21 Mar 2011, 08:24
not so much X AS Y, fairly simple.
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