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High School students with high verbal Scholastic Assessment Test score

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High School students with high verbal Scholastic Assessment Test scores are characterized not so much by the ability to write well than that they have a large vocabulary.


A. than that they have a large vocabulary

B. but by a large vocabulary

C. than by a large vocabulary

D. as a vocabulary that is large

E. as by a large vocabulary


High school students with high verbal SAT scores are characterized not so much by the ability to write well than that they have a large vocabulary.

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+1 for E.

The presence of comparison idiom "not so much by" un-underlined part indicates that we have to look out for two things:
1) Correct idiomatic usage = not so much X as Y is the correct idiom => A, B and C are out.
2) Proper comparison = D is out as it is not parallel. by ability .... is not parallel to a vocabulary that is ...

E wins.

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High School students with high verbal Scholastic Assessment Test scores are characterized not so much by the ability to write well than that they have a large vocabulary.

(A) than that they have a large vocabulary
(B) but by a large vocabulary
(C) than by a large vocabulary
(D) as a vocabulary that is large
(E) as by a large vocabulary



I'm happy to respond. :-)

One important idiom to know is the structure "[b]not so much X as Y[/b]." Whenever we see the beginning of this structure, we must have the end. Thus, only (D) & (E) complete this structure: since (D) is awkward & clumsy, (E) has to be the answer.

See these free GMAT idiom flashcards. Also, you might find this blog helpful:
GMAT Idioms: Correlative Conjunctions
All of the correlative conjunctions are very good to know, because if you see the first part, you know the second part must appear.

This is another issue that could arise with the parallelism within any correlative conjunction:
GMAT Parallelism: Once Outside or Twice Inside

Does all this make sense?
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