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# Most insomnia is not an illness or a physical condition so

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13 Sep 2010, 19:57
A better example:

While living in France, where I was born, I saw David.

"France" is within the prepositional phrase "in France," but obviously it's okay to modify it.

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14 Sep 2010, 00:08
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey Kaja et. al.,

Okay. I take full blame for this. My first response up top, was just in response to your one question, and I'm still right there.

But looking at A and C, I disagree with myself passionately. I think the answer needs to be A. You can't say "not so much X but Y." The idiom is "not so much X as Y." This is enough to choose A. Beyond that, even though A has a lot of wacky wording (I should add I don't like this question at all), the "when" in C is a problem (not from a parallelism perspective, but general meaning).

So I apologize to everyone. The answer has to be A.

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Thanks a lot tommy for clarifying this.You have been too helpful and kind enough to answer all of our posts on gmatclub so this is not an issue at all.Thanks a lot
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14 Sep 2010, 00:36
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey Kaja et. al.,

Okay. I take full blame for this. My first response up top, was just in response to your one question, and I'm still right there.

But looking at A and C, I disagree with myself passionately. I think the answer needs to be A. You can't say "not so much X but Y." The idiom is "not so much X as Y." This is enough to choose A. Beyond that, even though A has a lot of wacky wording (I should add I don't like this question at all), the "when" in C is a problem (not from a parallelism perspective, but general meaning).

So I apologize to everyone. The answer has to be A.

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Thank you for clarifying the idiom! You know ,the OA I got for this problem is E, which confused me for a long time.... I guessed that "not so much....as" and "not so much....but" has a nuance difference, about which I even cannot convince myself.

Do you think E is absolutely wrong?

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06 Apr 2012, 23:40
Chose (E) took 2:02 to solve it though due to the debate between C and E

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05 Aug 2012, 22:53
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Most insomnia is not an illness or a physical condition so much as a symptom of another problem that may simply be a reaction to certain medications, anxiety about travel, or stress before a job interview.

A. an illness or a physical condition so much as a symptom of another problem that may simply be a reaction to certain medications
B. an illness or a physical condition so much as symptomatic of another problem that may be a simple one, like a reaction caused by certain medications
C. so much an illness or a physical condition but a symptom of another problem that may be as simple as when certain medications cause a reaction
D. so much an illness or a physical condition, but it is a symptom of another problem, maybe a simple one like certain medications causing a reaction
E. so much an illness or a physical condition but symptomatic of another problem, maybe simply a reaction to certain medications

OA lateR~~

Please expert.. I need help on this problem.
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06 Aug 2012, 12:42
B and E is out since it is using like for a list of parallel things.
C: usage of when in first phrase is not parallel.
Now battle is bet A and E.
I will pick E. In E the list is parallel and i see a not x but y construction. I don't know in A: so much as is proper or not.
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17 Aug 2014, 16:42
freetheking wrote:
Most insomnia is not an illness or a physical condition so much as a symptom of another problem that may simply be a reaction to certain medications, anxiety about travel, or stress before a job interview.

A. an illness or a physical condition so much as a symptom of another problem that may simply be a reaction to certain medications
B. an illness or a physical condition so much as symptomatic of another problem that may be a simple one, like a reaction caused by certain medications
C. so much an illness or a physical condition but a symptom of another problem that may be as simple as when certain medications cause a reaction
D. so much an illness or a physical condition, but it is a symptom of another problem, maybe a simple one like certain medications causing a reaction
E. so much an illness or a physical condition but symptomatic of another problem, maybe simply a reaction to certain medications

OA lateR~~

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17 Aug 2014, 20:14
Also, I think the use of 'when' in option C is incorrect.
When should only be used to modify a noun event or time.

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18 Aug 2014, 12:30
The idiom is "(X is) not so much A as (it is) B". A and B must have the same structure. The meaning is that X is "closer" to B than it is to A.

The idiom implies a comparison/preference. So the "as" is absolutely essential.

The other idiom is "(X is) Not A, but B." Here there is no comparison. The meaning is that X "is" B through and through and is "not A".

So C, D, and E are out. Note that E has faulty parallelism as well. The noun "illness" is not parallel to the adjective "symptomatic".

B is incorrect for this very reason. "Illness" and "symptomatic" are not parallel.

The logical meaning is that Insomnia is more likely a "symptom" than an illness. A gets the idiom and the parallelism right.

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