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Michael Phelps is no less an exemplary figure in the realm

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Michael Phelps is no less an exemplary figure in the realm of dedication and hard work.

(A) no less an exemplary figure in
(B) nonetheless an exemplary figure in
(C) nevertheless exemplary in
(D) not less exemplary a figure than
(E) an exemplary figure not less than
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Michael Phelps is no less an exemplary figure in the realm of dedication and hard work.

(A) no less an exemplary figure in
(B) nonetheless an exemplary figure in
(C) nevertheless exemplary in
(D) not less exemplary a figure than
(E) an exemplary figure not less than



On the issue of less...than, than will only be used if Michael Phelps was being compared to another person in some realm. IMO, do not try to memorize idioms. See what the sentence is trying to say. Here, Michael (presumably a great swimmer) is not only an exemplary swimmer, but also an exemplar of dedication and hard work. BCDE are clearly out of contention because none of them mean what the sentence could correctly mean. A is the only choice that remains.

B: Nonetheless indicates a contrast...Michael is horrible...nonetheless he is...
C: Nevertheless also indicates a contrast.
D: Would be used to compare Michael to another person.
E: Wrong construction. Cannot be used to compare him to another person either.
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There must be a mistake in the OA... what's the source?
The reason why I ask is because "less... than..." construction is more acceptable.
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The structure is "less.. than". OA is wrong.
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The O.A. is indeed right.less ...than....do we really need comparison.if yes.what the two thing we are comparing.if we choose then we compare exemplary figure to dedication and hard work
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Michael Phelps is no less an exemplary figure in the realm of dedication and hard work.

(A) no less an exemplary figure in
(B) nonetheless an exemplary figure in
(C) nevertheless exemplary in
(D) not less exemplary a figure than
(E) an exemplary figure not less than


I would also think the OA is incorrect. Without the 'than' portion in 'less...than', the sentence comes across incomplete. When you say 'less', there has to be a standard/benchmark by which a comparison is made against for this conclusion to be reached. So, I think it is necessary for the 'than' portion of the statement to be present.

If I were to make a guess, I would go with C. Any thoughts?
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None of these is correct - B or C have a chance it you add a modifier to the beginning to necessitate the use of a transition like "nevertheless", for example:

Despite some well-publicized brushes with drugs and alcohol, Michael Phelps is nevertheless exemplary...

But without that there isn't a rationale for using the transition, and in A "no less" needs to have a comparison attached to it. You're definitely correct that D and E create an improper comparison between Phelps and virtues.



Just because I've seen a lot of these recently, I'd urge everyone to be careful with the SC questions that you choose to practice from - for whatever reason early 2011 seems to have created a boom in the number of lackadaisically-written practice Sentence Correction questions that are now in circulation. For the sole purpose of practice with eliminating poor answer choices, I suppose it's not that bad, but be careful putting too much emphasis on from-out-of-nowhere practice questions - there are still plenty of good ones out there so I'd prioritize those.

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feruz77 wrote:
Michael Phelps is no less an exemplary figure in the realm of dedication and hard work.

(A) no less an exemplary figure in
(B) nonetheless an exemplary figure in
(C) nevertheless exemplary in
(D) not less exemplary a figure than
(E) an exemplary figure not less than



On the issue of less...than, than will only be used if Michael Phelps was being compared to another person in some realm. IMO, do not try to memorize idioms. See what the sentence is trying to say. Here, Michael (presumably a great swimmer) is not only an exemplary swimmer, but also an exemplar of dedication and hard work. BCDE are clearly out of contention because none of them mean what the sentence could correctly mean. A is the only choice that remains.

B: Nonetheless indicates a contrast...Michael is horrible...nonetheless he is...
C: Nevertheless also indicates a contrast.
D: Would be used to compare Michael to another person.
E: Wrong construction. Cannot be used to compare him to another person either.



How can one presume that Michael was a great swimmer?
So you're saying contemporary knowledge about Michael is required to answer this question ?
What if Michael was replaced by X or Y in the question. Would the answer then change , pls clarify.
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But I think this is not about any special knowledge about anyone in particular. All that we have to comprehend is that MP was a great man. Whoever said MP was a swimmer? He could be a poet, a president, or a priest or for that matter anybody; all that we have to realize is that he was or is a great name in his own field.

But what GMAC wants to test is how properly this fact is presented. And that is where A scores. The prompt is not comparing him with anyone else and so D and E are out and 2.MP has not achieved his name in spite of some bad factor, and hence B and C which use the ‘nevertheless’ and ‘nonetheless’ are out.
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I believe the OA to be incorrect, the construction does not read correctly without "than"

"No less than an exemplary figure"
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