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# Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns

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29 Jul 2006, 18:23
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Freedmanâ€™s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.

(A) no happier than do people living
(B) not any happier than do people living
(C) not any happier than do people who live
(D) no happier than are people who are living
(E) not as happy as are people who live

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29 Jul 2006, 18:43
(A) no happier than DO people living -> "do" implies CONSIDER
(B) and (C) are out because of "not ANY happpier"... any applies to something countable... can we count happiness?
(D) focus isn't on the fact that people live in a city, but on the fact that they "DO CONSIDER" themselves less or more happy.
(E) changes the meaning

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29 Jul 2006, 18:54
u2lover wrote:
(A) no happier than DO people living -> "do" implies CONSIDER
(B) and (C) are out because of "not ANY happpier"... any applies to something countable... can we count happiness?
(D) focus isn't on the fact that people live in a city, but on the fact that they "DO CONSIDER" themselves less or more happy.
(E) changes the meaning

Awesome. thanks

OA is A indeed.

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31 Jul 2006, 16:29
I'm going to guess A. They all looked bad to me at first, but I was able to eliminate B, C & E because of 'not'. Between A & D, A was clearer.

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31 Jul 2006, 16:33
Late but A.

I am no happier than you are.
I am not any happier than you are (happiness is not countable, u2 is dead on)
I am not much happier than you are

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23 Aug 2006, 23:58
(A) for the correct use of "no verb-er than" + subjunctive

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27 Jul 2007, 10:18
mailtheguru wrote:
Freedman's survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.

(A) no happier than do people living
(B) not any happier than do people living
(C) not any happier than do people who live
(D) no happier than are people who are living
(E) not as happy as are people who live

u2lover wrote:
(B) and (C) are out because of "not ANY happpier"... any applies to something countable... can we count happiness?

I think this case is an exception.

not any happier is correct usage. it just has less emphasis.

Last edited by bmwhype2 on 01 Aug 2007, 06:21, edited 1 time in total.

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08 Nov 2007, 13:34
My question is: can you say "no happier"?

I thought we usually say "not happier"

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22 Nov 2007, 10:03
ok what if there would have been another option which goes like this:

not happier than do people living

would 'no happier' still be a better answer than 'not happier'?

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22 Nov 2007, 11:48
mashi wrote:
My question is: can you say "no happier"?

I thought we usually say "not happier"

no happier is more emphatic/forceful.

Q: where are you going?
A: no where or not where.

in above answers "no where" is preferred over "not where". so when, more emphasis is required, no + xxx is required.

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22 Nov 2007, 12:03
I also got A. You have to make sure that the sentences are parallel:

showed that people living ....than do people living

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