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# Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns

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Freedman’s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.

no happier than do people living
not any happier than do people living
not any happier than do people who live
no happier than are people who are living
not as happy as are people who live

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22 Aug 2007, 01:23
testing of 3 concepts

no happier <> not any happier
than do <> than
living <> live

- second part has to be parallel to first clause - use of living, eliminate C and E
- use of "than do": comparison of subjects, inversion is ok, Eliminate E and D
- not any happier sounds awkward to me (but I might be missing out on some English grammar rule that requests this construction) i would eliminate B, C

I go with A

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22 Aug 2007, 01:27
robinantony 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.

no happier than do people living
not any happier than do people living
not any happier than do people who live
no happier than are people who are living
not as happy as are people who live

I go with A.

The underlined part has to be 'no happier' for correctness of grammar. This leaves us with A or D.

For correct comparison, the sentence should mean that 'People in A consider themselves happier than People in B consider themselves to be'

Only A conveys this meaning. D conveys the meaning that 'People in A are happier than People in B' which is not correct in this case.

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22 Aug 2007, 10:57
I'd agree with A.

I feel that E changes the meaning of the sentence.

A - Tells me people in rural areas are just as happy as people in cities.
E - Tells me people in rural areas are not as happy as people in cities.

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22 Aug 2007, 11:06
Straight A for the right comparison and clarity of meaning.

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06 Dec 2007, 17:00
I think the only answer is A cause:
B&C are straight out ( awkwardness), in addition c has non parallel live
D - we must have here do instead of are you see :people consider themselves no happier than consider ( do) people living in big cities
E - the same reason as D. in addition non parallel live

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06 Dec 2007, 17:13
robinantony 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.

no happier than do people living
not any happier than do people living
not any happier than do people who live
no happier than are people who are living
not as happy as are people who live

no is better than not any in GMATland..

consider ....do - parallel

people living - good as it is a passive voice

Will go for 'A'

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02 Jul 2008, 07:19
friends, can someone tell me why B is "so" bad?

cheers

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02 Jul 2008, 08:18
Freedman’s survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.

no happier than do people living
not any happier than do people living
not any happier than do people who live
no happier than are people who are living
not as happy as are people who live

Why not D .
Freedman’s survey showed that James consider himself no happier than John.

Edit: got it..should be A

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02 Jul 2008, 09:42
robinantony 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.

no happier than do people living
not any happier than do people living
not any happier than do people who live
no happier than are people who are living
not as happy as are people who live

Here the comparision is between people living in rural areas and people living in cities who think they are happy.
D,E -> out for incorrect comparision "consider"-"are"
Basically it changes the meaning of the sentence

Among A,B,C
->C is out .Not parallel

I have narrowed down to A and B.

Can someone please explain what is grammatical wrong with B ?

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02 Jul 2008, 11:15
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robinantony 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.

no happier than do people living
not any happier than do people living
not any happier than do people who live
no happier than are people who are living
not as happy as are people who live

Here the comparision is between people living in rural areas and people living in cities who think they are happy.
D,E -> out for incorrect comparision "consider"-"are"
Basically it changes the meaning of the sentence

Among A,B,C
->C is out .Not parallel

I have narrowed down to A and B.

Can someone please explain what is grammatical wrong with B ?

any is used as an adverb with meaning "at all" (with time sense).

Is she any better?
Is he doing any better?
He is not any friendlier than before.

these are all usages of 'any' as adverb.
here in B "not any happier" means comparision should be like they are no longer happy compared to earlier time.

I am not sure. i am clear enough, bcz it is not completely clear for me.

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28 Jul 2008, 08:34
chan4312 wrote:
goalsnr wrote:
robinantony 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.

no happier than do people living
not any happier than do people living
not any happier than do people who live
no happier than are people who are living
not as happy as are people who live

Here the comparision is between people living in rural areas and people living in cities who think they are happy.
D,E -> out for incorrect comparision "consider"-"are"
Basically it changes the meaning of the sentence

Among A,B,C
->C is out .Not parallel

I have narrowed down to A and B.

Can someone please explain what is grammatical wrong with B ?

any is used as an adverb with meaning "at all" (with time sense).

Is she any better?
Is he doing any better?
He is not any friendlier than before.

these are all usages of 'any' as adverb.
here in B "not any happier" means comparision should be like they are no longer happy compared to earlier time.

I am not sure. i am clear enough, bcz it is not completely clear for me.

Thanks for teh awesome explanation. Kudos!.

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24 Dec 2016, 09:31
Straight to A. Sentence is clear than any other choice.

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