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Even their most ardent champions concede that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary before solar cells can meet the goal of providing one percent of the nation’s energy needs.

(A) that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary ---- Incorrect because of redundancy. "No less" and "necessary" are redundant.

(B) that nothing other than a technical or scientific breakthrough is needed ------ Incorrect meaning and wordiness.

(C) that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary ------ Correct. Precise and to the point.

(D) the necessity for an occurrence of a technical or scientific breakthrough ------ "concede the necessity" is wordy. Too many prepositional phrases.

(E) the necessity for a technical or scientific breakthrough occurring ------ "concede the necessity" is wordy. Too many prepositional phrases.

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New post 30 Mar 2020, 00:35
I'm stuck between A & C.
Logically, in A, 'No less' would mean equal to or greater than.
and in C, it says a technical breakthrough or a scientific breakthrough is needed. (logically implying only equal to.)

Wouldn't that change the meaning?
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TheGuyDangerous wrote:
I'm stuck between A & C.
Logically, in A, 'No less' would mean equal to or greater than.
and in C, it says a technical breakthrough or a scientific breakthrough is needed. (logically implying only equal to.)

Wouldn't that change the meaning?

I agree, TheGuyDangerous. However, you have to keep in mind that all you can take as gospel in a Sentence Correction question is the non-underlined part. In this sentence, we have

Even their most ardent champions concede... before solar cells can meet the goal of providing one percent of the nation’s energy needs.

You have to ask yourself, what is being conceded, exactly? Compare the two answer choices in question:

(A) that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary
(C) that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

The phrasing is identical, except for the highlighted part in (A), which you have already noted. Now you have to consider whether it is absolutely necessary for no less than to be included to convey the vital meaning that it would take a breakthrough to meet the goal... You should be able to see that although the extra phrase adds emphasis, similar to what you might see in a stylized headline, it does not add anything necessary to understand the point that its stripped-down counterpart does not. I would expect to see a generic, none-too-helpful "wordy" given as an explanation in the OG, but what it really comes down to is expression of vital information. Choice (C) is simply better to that end.

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