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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
(B) that nothing other than a technical or scientific breakthrough is needed
(C) that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary
(D) the necessity for an occurrence of a technical or scientific breakthrough
(E) the necessity for a technical or scientific breakthrough occurring

In this problem, I chose B, but the OA is C. What makes C better than B?

C is the best choice. The word that functions grammatically to introduce the clause that describes the point that champions of solar cells concede.

Choices A and B needlessly lengthen the statement by expressing the idea through negation: no less than and nothing other than could be dropped without loss of meaning.

In D and E, the preposition for is less idiomatic than of in expressing necessity.

Futhermore, both choices present an awkward and wordy noun-plus-prepositional phrase instead of a that clause that would express meaning more exactly and concisely.

https://www.nytimes.com/1979/12/11/archives/despite-problems-solar-cell-advances-despite-problems-solar-cell.html

Even their most ardent champions concede that nothing short of a materials or manufacturing breakthrough is needed before solar cells can meet President Carter's goal of providing 1 percent of national energy — the equivalent of 500,000 barrels of oil a day — by the end of the century.

Originally posted by tarek99 on 16 Jan 2008, 07:35.
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New post 16 Jan 2008, 10:32
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ahh..

this is where i start to lose GMAT.

For me, A and B have different meaning and intention than C.
"no less than A" is not equal to "A" for me. The spirit of the sentence is to impart a sense of urgency and re-iterate the fact that efforts may be put in place, but the efforts will not succed unless they reach a certain level.

On the other hand, C seems to indicate that "a technical breakthrough is necessary", but does not address the fact that there may be efforts in place which may not be classified as technical breakthroughs, and therefore will fail.

anyone else see it this way?
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Struck between A and C

(A) hat no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary (No less than verbose – "necessary" implies it or serves this purpose – Eliminate it)

(B) that nothing other than a technical or scientific breakthrough is needed (needed – Tense Change - Eliminate)

(C) that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary (Hold it)

(D) the necessity for an occurrence of a technical or scientific breakthrough (Grammatically Correct – But verbose – Eliminate it)

(E) the necessity for a technical or scientific breakthrough occurring (Why to make it a present continuous tense – Eliminate it)
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Isnt the option C changing the meaning of the sentence.

The first sentence says that no less than a scientific breakthrough is necessary.. ie. alteast a scientific breakthrough or more than it..

The option C says straightly that a scientific breakthrough which distorts the meaning.

ie.

x no less than 50 doesnt mean that x is 50.

any takers ?
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Is the use of "No less than..." always wordy, thus wrong?

C is simple and perfect. Can anyone please explain, Are other options grammatically sound?


"No less than" is not wordy - "No less than the power of 5 horses is required to move this chariot."... correct.

D and E are wrong: concede the necessity is wrong usage.

A is wrong because technical or scientific breakthrough is not a measurable quantity - hence "less than" does not apply.

B is grammatically alright, but in the context of the sentence "nothing other than" is awkward. It implies that there are other things that had some chance to be needed, but ultimately "breakthrough" is the only one that is needed.
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tarek99 wrote:
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

(B) that nothing other than a technical or scientific breakthrough is needed

(C) that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

(D) the necessity for an occurrence of a technical or scientific breakthrough

(E) the necessity for a technical or scientific breakthrough occurring




In this problem, I chose B, but the OA is C. What makes C better than B?
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B is awkward ans wordy: nothing other is a bad negative form for C, which is plain and has a positive meaning. always prefer positive forms!
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"no less than a scientific break through is necessary" has the same meaning that "a scientific break through is neccessary" has. Why not make the sentence shorter and more concise?
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choices can be narrowed down to AC. C is more succinct. It might appear the C is changing the meaning but in reality its not. When we say ‘no less than’, we are saying ‘equal or more’. The sentence in option C has the correct meaning by removing ‘the more’ part.
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I don't agree that C has different meaning than A and B.

If anything "less than" (A) or "not a" (B) breakthrough is not acceptable, why not just say that in the sentence and concisely state what IS necessary.

I choose C.
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(A) that no less than a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary
(B) that nothing other than a technical or scientific breakthrough is needed
(C) that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

(A) No less than 100$ is needed
(B) Nothing other than 100$ is needed
(C) 100$ is needed

I think, (B) and (C) convey the same meaning, where as (A) conveys different meaning (anything >= 100$ is fine)

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tarek99 wrote:
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

(B) that nothing other than a technical or scientific breakthrough is needed

(C) that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary

(D) the necessity for an occurrence of a technical or scientific breakthrough

(E) the necessity for a technical or scientific breakthrough occurring




In this problem, I chose B, but the OA is C. What makes C better than B?
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Go for brevity. There is nothing wrong with C so why chose the wordier B?
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New post 16 Jan 2008, 22:52
I will go for C. C is the most concise out of all the option list.
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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
(B) that nothing other than a technical or scientific breakthrough is needed
(C) that a technical or scientific breakthrough is necessary
(D) the necessity for an occurrence of a technical or scientific breakthrough
(E) the necessity for a technical or scientific breakthrough occurring
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New post 16 Jun 2009, 08:51
can you plz underline ur posts from now on
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New post 16 Jun 2009, 08:56
I agree...
C changes the meaning of the sentence...
IMO A
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New post 16 Jun 2009, 11:09
I agree and that's why I also go for A.

A has no grammatical error and keep the intent of the sentence intact.
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New post 16 Jun 2009, 11:58
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Isnt the option C changing the meaning of the sentence.

The first sentence says that no less than a scientific breakthrough is necessary.. ie. alteast a scientific breakthrough or more than it..

The option C says straightly that a scientific breakthrough which distorts the meaning.

ie.

x no less than 50 doesnt mean that x is 50.

any takers ?


What about

Selectors conceded that No less than an all rounder is required in the team before it goes to the word cup.

Selectors conceded that an all rounder is required in the team before it goes to the world cup.

Don't u think second stmt is more straight forward.
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Neochronic wrote:
Isnt the option C changing the meaning of the sentence.

The first sentence says that no less than a scientific breakthrough is necessary.. ie. alteast a scientific breakthrough or more than it..

The option C says straightly that a scientific breakthrough which distorts the meaning.

ie.

x no less than 50 doesnt mean that x is 50.

any takers ?


What about

Selectors conceded that No less than an all rounder is required in the team before it goes to the word cup.

Selectors conceded that an all rounder is required in the team before it goes to the world cup.

Don't u think second stmt is more straight forward.


What my understanding from the
statement 1 ==> atleast 1 all rounder is required, but it could be possible that they may require 2 or 3 all rounders before going to the world cup
but, definitely, atleast one is required (not sure how many are reuired)

statement 2 ==> is distorting the meaning of first statement by saying that only 1 all rounder is required before going to world cup.

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New post 16 Jun 2009, 23:12
I think that , 'no less than scientific breaktyhrough...' and 'a scientific breakthrough' are different in meaning. The former suggests that something atleast as good as (or better than) scientific breakthrough is required.
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New post 18 Jun 2009, 09:26
Thanks for the discussion guys..

But the OA i have got for this Question is C.
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