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# Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as

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Updated on: 30 Jun 2015, 05:24
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Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as for their being practical work clothes.

A. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as for their being practical work clothes.
B. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement but for their being practical work clothes.
C. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement but for being practical work clothes
D. Denim jeans were originally worn not as a fashion statement as for them being practical work clothes.
E. Denim jeans were originally worn not as a fashion statement but as for them being practical work clothes.

Originally posted by campus1995 on 29 Jun 2015, 01:14.
Last edited by carcass on 30 Jun 2015, 05:24, edited 1 time in total.
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29 Jun 2015, 06:52
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Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as for their being practical work clothes.

A. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as for their being practical work clothes.
B. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement but for their being practical work clothes.
C. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement but for being practical work clothes
D. Denim jeans were originally worn not as a fashion statement as for them being practical work clothes.
E. Denim jeans were originally worn not as a fashion statement but as for them being practical work clothes.

Good one campus1995 ,

Got it wrong hence googled and found that actually it is testing an Idiom - not so much A as B

Here is something from Magoosh - http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom ... junctions/
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29 Jun 2015, 23:48
We have two choices of structure here: "not so much X as Y" or "not X but Y."

B-D mix these two structures together: "not so much X but Y" or "not X as Y."

A and E are both miserable and awkward, and as a writer, I wouldn't want to sign my name to either of them. BUT . . . A has two advantages over E:

First, the parallelism makes more sense. A compares "as a fashion statement" with "for their being practical work clothes." These are both modifiers, and they can be parallel, even if the second one is terrible. E compares "as a fashion statement" with "as for them being practical." This doesn't make sense: they're worn as for their being practical? (Note that this is different from A, in which the "as" is part of the comparison structure: "not so much X as Y."

Second, there's a difference between the use of "their" and "them." In A, the possessive pronoun "their" modifies "being practical." In E, we have the regular pronoun "them." This isn't a modifier, so it doesn't work to convey the desired meaning. This is a common grammar trick that contrasts with how we often speak in real life. You might say "Do you object to me leaving early?" but we should really say "Do you object to my leaving early?" It's the leaving early, not you, that they should be objecting to.
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30 Jun 2015, 01:01
I narrowed to A because of Idiom, Not so much X as Y
although all choices seem bit weird. It could be written much more clearly.

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24 Nov 2017, 19:31
campus1995 wrote:
Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as for their being practical work clothes.

A. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as for their being practical work clothes.
B. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement but for their being practical work clothes.
C. Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement but for being practical work clothes
D. Denim jeans were originally worn not as a fashion statement as for them being practical work clothes.
E. Denim jeans were originally worn not as a fashion statement but as for them being practical work clothes.

Structure of the sentence is as follows

A - Denim jeans were originally worn not so much "as a fashion statement" as "for their being practical work clothes"

Denim jeans were originally worn as a fashion statement
Denim jeans were originally worn for their being practical work clothes.
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