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# No less significant than international pressures are the constraints

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No less significant than international pressures are the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures.

A. No less significant than
B. The things that are just as significant as
C. Just like the significant
D. Not lesser than the significance of
E. What are as significant as

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01 Aug 2017, 20:29
Kritesh wrote:
No less significant than international pressures are the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures.

A. No less significant than
B. The things that are just as significant as
C. Just like the significant
D. Not lesser than the significance of
E. What are as significant as

Can you please post OE as well?
Also, can you please explain why to strike out option E?
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01 Aug 2017, 20:30
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Kritesh wrote:
No less significant than international pressures are the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures.

A. No less significant than
B. The things that are just as significant as
C. Just like the significant
D. Not lesser than the significance of
E. What are as significant as

Hi..

No less than 50% have gone wrong on the Q as per the TIMER..

the main flaw is in the meaning, even if you leave grammer for a second..
NO LESS THAN means atleast that is the least possible..
All other choices change from ATLEAST to EQUAL.
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kkrrsshh, E also does the same
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03 Aug 2017, 11:08
Can someone explain why C is wrong ?
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04 Aug 2017, 09:09
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E is wrong because What are as significant as X are
Double use of are makes it awkward.
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08 Nov 2017, 15:55
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I think C is false because it will make an awkward comparison.
For me, this is a comparison and i just read the phrase like "the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures ARE no less significant than international pressures.."
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14 Nov 2017, 19:32
No less significant than international pressures are the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures.

A. No less significant than No problem, lets check the others
B. The things that are just as significant as wordy
C. Just like the significant It has to be “as”
D. Not lesser than the significance of lesser is wrong/ also wordy
E. What are as significant as Difficult choice: “What” as a pronoun starting the phrase is far from the subject “the constraints”/ It also can be confused with a question

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02 Jan 2018, 05:50
Kritesh wrote:
No less significant than international pressures are the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures.

A. No less significant than
B. The things that are just as significant as
C. Just like the significant
D. Not lesser than the significance of
E. What are as significant as

try to build above sentence in following way -

the constraints {that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures} are {no less significant than} international pressures.
try to replace underline with other option and check only A make sense.

in actual question is made awkward to keep noun modifier attached with noun(constraints).
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03 Jan 2018, 04:13
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No less significant than international pressures are the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures.

A. No less significant than No problem, lets check the others
B. The things that are just as significant as wordy
C. Just like the significant It has to be “as”
D. Not lesser than the significance of lesser is wrong/ also wordy
E. What are as significant as Difficult choice: “What” as a pronoun starting the phrase is far from the subject “the constraints”/ It also can be confused with a question

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Why we can not user Lesser out there. Its in comparative form only along with than so usage of lesser as comparative form should have been correct. WOuld you pls help me what I am missing out here.
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12 Mar 2019, 01:05
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Carlgrc wrote:
No less significant than international pressures are the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures.

A. No less significant than No problem, lets check the others
B. The things that are just as significant as wordy
C. Just like the significant It has to be “as”
D. Not lesser than the significance of lesser is wrong/ also wordy
E. What are as significant as Difficult choice: “What” as a pronoun starting the phrase is far from the subject “the constraints”/ It also can be confused with a question

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Why we can not user Lesser out there. Its in comparative form only along with than so usage of lesser as comparative form should have been correct. WOuld you pls help me what I am missing out here.

So let's look at the problem:
No less significant than international pressures are the constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures.

As others have said, this is an inverted sentence that could be changed to read: "The constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures are no less significant than international pressures." There is no problem with the sentence as it stands. Here is how I see each answer choice, diving deep into choice D, since that was what the question was about.

A. No less significant than
Correct

B. The things that are just as significant as
"The constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures are the things that are just as significant as international pressures." This is incredibly redundant and wordy. Also no less significant and just as significant don't exactly have the same meaning.

C. Just like the significant
"The constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures are just like the significant international pressures."
"As significant as" is the right phrase for equating significance. Additionally, it seems to me that this wording changes to meaning to say that the international pressures are significant, whereas before the significance was only being used to compare.

D. Not lesser than the significance of
"The constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures are not lesser than the significance of international pressures."
"No less than" is the correct phrasing. To dive in (I stole this from a different website's forum because I was having trouble expressing myself clearly, so go wordsmyth):" "Lesser" is usually an attributive adjective (essentially a comparative of little, in size, quantity, quality or importance), and so would be used before a noun: a lesser man, the lesser evil, the lesser amount — or it may be considered as a noun in "the lesser of two evils", "the lesser of the two amounts" — or it's an adverb in "lesser known", etc. In none of those uses could "than" be added directly after "lesser". You could have "a lesser amount than was quoted" "a lesser man than he", "no lesser man than he", but lesser and than are not consecutive. Or you can have "no lesser" without "than" (implicit comparison): "No lesser amount is acceptable", "no lesser man could do it"."
I want to add for myself even if the choice read "not less than", my hackles would be up. First while "not less than" is technically not incorrect, it seems overly formal. While technically you could say something like "use as many colors as you like, but not less than 3", everyone I know would write that sentence, "use as many colors as you like, but no less than 3."
AND even with changing the phrase from "not lesser than" to "no less than" you are now comparing constraints and significance, which is incorrect because you should be comparing the significance of constraints and pressures, as done in answer choice A.

E. What are as significant as
"The constraints that domestic culture and ideology impose on decision making by national political figures are what are as significant as international pressures."
This is again redundant and wordy. It has the same meaning issue as B. Additionally starting a declarative sentence with what seems unnecessarily confusing.
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