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# No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that

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534. No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that half of all Americans never read a book.
(A) No less an authority than
(B) Nonetheless an authority
(C) Nevertheless authoritarian
(D) Not less an authority than
(E) An authority not less than

I know the official answer, can someone please explain why it is, it makes no sense. This is from 1000 SC correction btw.

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05 Jul 2006, 13:49
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I think its A.

Rephrase the sentence and I think its OK.

No authority less than Walter Cronkite has reported that half of all Americans never read a book.
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05 Jul 2006, 15:15
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Is it B?

I don't get how there can be "less of an authority"

B seems to say "nonetheless authority, Walter reported blah-blah..." meaning authorities don't report... I could be wrong here...

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05 Jul 2006, 16:27
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I would go with A as well

no less than someone/something - this very important person or organization

No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that half of all Americans never read a book.
(A) No less an authority than
(B) Nonetheless an authority
(C) Nevertheless authoritarian
(D) Not less an authority than
(E) An authority not less than

No less an authority means "who else could be better than Walter Cronkite"

Nonetheless and nevertheless mean the same - however which quite does not sound right. So eliminate B and C.

If you were to use E then authority is compared to Walter Cronkite. But instead it needs to be compared to Walter Cronkite's authority... Hence the Sentence should read "An authority not less than that of Walter Kronkite".

D sounds the same way as E. Authority is compared to Walter Cronkite more than his drawing the comparison between the authority and Walter cronkite's authority.

Hence A is the best answer. Hope I am right.

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05 Jul 2006, 16:33
hey axl_oz... nice explanation!

also, if this is of any use... I found the idiom "no less... than", which eliminates all the answers except A!

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05 Jul 2006, 16:36
Thanks! Trying to get into the mode of explaning each answer choice... Why one is wrong and why one is right....! Am Liking it!!

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05 Jul 2006, 17:07
(A) is perfectly fine. Here, it suggests Walter Cronkite is an authority on an issue. What the sentence wants to say is that no one with less than an authority than Walter Cronkite made the comment in the sentence.

B - "Nonetheless' and C - "Nevertheless" are not appropriate
D, E - "All result in very awkward sentences"

A is pefectly fine and is an accepted figure of speech.

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18 Sep 2007, 19:45
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GMATT73 wrote:
No less a/an X than Y.... is idiomatic.

(A)

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The development of the wheel was no less impressive than the invention of the laser.

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18 Sep 2007, 20:38
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GMATCUBS21 wrote:
534. No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that half of all Americans never read a book.
(A) No less an authority than
(B) Nonetheless an authority
(C) Nevertheless authoritarian
(D) Not less an authority than
(E) An authority not less than

I know the official answer, can someone please explain why it is, it makes no sense. This is from 1000 SC correction btw.

I say A.

nonetheless and nevertheless have got to be wrong.

D.not less an authoirty than is awkward.
E. awkward again.

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27 Mar 2008, 18:57
so "no less an authority than" is idiomatic?

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27 Mar 2008, 22:59
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Hey but no option except E has a subject and C completely changes the meaning. My answer choice is E.

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