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

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Project SC Butler: Day 24: Sentence Correction (SC2)

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

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30 Nov 2018, 11:24
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The correct Idiom is Not so much X as Y

Option D
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30 Nov 2018, 11:39
The correct idion is

Not so much .....as....

Ans D

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30 Nov 2018, 19:53
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“Not so much by A…as by B” is the correct idiom.

Ans :D

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01 Dec 2018, 06:54
sudarshan22 wrote:
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

https://www.nytimes.com/1979/12/23/archives/article-10-no-title-prodigies.html

A child prodigy is marked not so much by his skill as by the precocity of that skill. This explains the traditional tendency of prodigy parents to whittle down their children's age. Only when he became 25 did violinist Yehudi Menuhin reveal that at his debut re- cital, when he was hailed as an 8-year- old prodigy, he was actually a month short of 10.
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01 Dec 2018, 07:49
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Not so much (by) X as (by) Y is the right idiom.

Choice D.
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01 Dec 2018, 10:23
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Official Explanation :

The idiomatic form for this kind of statement is "not so much by X as by Y ".

Hence, Option D is the best answer. Each of the other options produces an unidiomatic statement.
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01 Dec 2018, 10:30
Try to boil down it down to its core as much as possible;

A is not marked as much by X ... by Y

This structure makes it relatively apparent that the choice we are looking for is "as"

EDIT: My slow behind once was again too late, just saw that the OA basically states the same.
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