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# Freedmans survey showed that people living in small towns

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14 Jul 2014, 11:33
It seems the confusion is between no happier and not any happier. The difference becomes apparent if we insert the word more, which is implicit. The second form is actually not any more happier which conveys the same meaning as no happier. As happier is the comparative form of happy, so we don't need a second comparative any more.

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X is not taller than Y. - concise
X is not any (more) taller than Y. - too verbose
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15 Feb 2016, 12:37
tonebeeze 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

In D and E we have wrong comparison (happiness vs people). In C and B "not any happier" is wordy, i think. Hence correct choice is A
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tonebeeze 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

In D and E we have wrong comparison (happiness vs people). In C and B "not any happier" is wordy, i think. Hence correct choice is A

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The simplified structure of the sentence is as follows:

X consider themselves happier than Y consider themselves.

The comparison is between how happy X consider themselves and how happy Y consider themselves.

You may replace the second verb consider with do, but not with are.

If you use are instead of do, the comparison would be between how happy X consider themselves and how happy Y actually are. This meaning is not intended.

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16 Feb 2016, 13:05
It is also interesting to note that E changes the meaning. “Not as happy” is not the same as “no happier”. Eliminate E. “No happier” is better than “not any happier”. Eliminate B and C. The simplified sentence structure is “people A consider themselves happier than people B consider themselves”. To eliminate repetition of “consider” you can use the auxiliary verb “do”. Eliminate D. A is the answer. To simplify the sentence by breaking it down to its essential structure is a very valuable tool in sentence correction.
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12 Mar 2016, 20:56
ugimba wrote:
317. 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

and explain 'no happier' versus 'not any happier' also....

no +er is idomatic
not any+er is not idiomatic. end of story.
in d and e, "are" need a form of to be in previous part.
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