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No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that

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No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that half of all Americans never read a book.
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(B) Nonetheless an authority
(C) Nevertheless authoritarian
(D) Not less an authority than
(E) An authority not less than
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02 Feb 2005, 02:03
I wonder what in the world this sentence is testing for. I would go for (A) since it sounds right to my ear, but I cannot explain.
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02 Feb 2005, 02:09
I'll go with (A)

Someone has reported that half of all Americans never read a book. To lend credibility to the report, the author wants to convey that this has been reported by an established reporter, preferably someone who is well known (an authority in this matter). Here, Walter Cronkite is considered the authority in this subject matter.
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02 Feb 2005, 08:54
OA is (A). No less than is supposed to be an idom, I think.
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02 Feb 2005, 09:02
picked A.. by POE.. lack of choice.. but is that an idiom?
02 Feb 2005, 09:02
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