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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
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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

A - is the best answer. It introduces the value of the person and is an accepted, yet somewhat awkward way to say it. (IMO)
B - nonetheless means "in spite of" and would indicate Americans haven't read a book even though Cronkite reported on the issue
C - authoritarian is an adjective that's completely unrelated to the sentence
D - Not is typically used to negate something. In this case, the sentence is just using a correct, but awkward way to introduce him.
E - using "an authority" would indicate someone other than Walter Cronkite, who was at least his equal. (Since we use indefinite articles to introduce previously unreferenced nouns into conversation)

I hope that helps
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05 Oct 2009, 17:36
agreed, A looks best too me too.
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06 Oct 2009, 07:06
wts wrong with B..?...can anyone explain wen to use Nonetheless and when to use Nevertheless..?
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06 Oct 2009, 07:40
B,C,D - are clear out. But, I'm not able to find clear mistake in E? could you explain
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06 Oct 2009, 14:38
pm4553 wrote:
B,C,D - are clear out. But, I'm not able to find clear mistake in E? could you explain

and why u see B,C and D out so clear?
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07 Oct 2009, 05:36
These kind of SCs remind me that I am not a native english speaker. This is a complete IDIOM based SC - and also not a very common IDIOM. I will prefer POE here :

(A) No less an authority than
(B) Nonetheless an authority - this looks like a continuation from some other sentence
(C) Nevertheless authoritarian - Same reason as B. Also, should have been "an authoritarian"
(D) Not less an authority than - Normally I have not seen Not used to modify noun - I think it can modify verb only- not sure though
(E) An authority not less than - looks like we are talking about some other authority and comparing with Walter Cronkite

So, that leaves us with A. Just for confirmation I googled for Idiom No less than and it looks like a legitimate idiom :
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/no+less+than
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03 Nov 2009, 11:30
deepakraam wrote:
E sounds better to me

E doesn't seem right because it implies that another person (not Cronkite), is the one reporting.
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12 Nov 2009, 04:05
According to the opinion of Gmat gurus, No less ... than is a correct idiom. That's the key.
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18 Dec 2010, 02:30
I always find questions posted by Noboru to be quite tough and this one is no exception . Waiting for some great explanation.
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03 Jan 2011, 16:49
went with E. but thanks for explaining the idiom. I still think is sounds better.

Can you explain what does A actually mean??? No less an authority than walter has reported... sounds like a run on sentence..and there seems to be an incorrect comparison in A.
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03 Jan 2011, 16:51
I think A also means that some authority other than walter hasa reported...

this is same in meaning as E. Can anybody explain plz. thanks
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04 Jan 2011, 12:38
can someone please explain every option in details

I just could not solve this question
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