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One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but in our ability to extend knowledge gained in one context to new and different ones.

A. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but
B. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill but instead
C. between our intelligence and that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill as
D. our intelligence has from that of other primates may lie not in any specific skill as
E. of our intelligence to that of other primates may lay not in any specific skill but

[Reveal] Spoiler:
The question is the following:
between C and D I chose D for:
1) d is more concise
2) what is "so much" in C for? I think it is redundant and useless.
3) D like C doesn't have idiom usage problem

However, OA is C. so I hope you can correct me, if I am wrong.
Thanx
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Ayrish wrote:
Hi friends
I have very interesting question

One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but in our ability to extend knowledge gained in one context to new and different ones.

A. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but
B. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill but instead
C. between our intelligence and that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill as
D. our intelligence has from that of other primates may lie not in any specific skill as
E. of our intelligence to that of other primates may lay not in any specific skill but

[Reveal] Spoiler:
The question is the following:
between C and D I chose D for:
1) d is more concise
2) what is "so much" in C for? I think it is redundant and useless.
3) D like C doesn't have idiom usage problem

However, OA is C. so I hope you can correct me, if I am wrong.

Thanx

IMO C is the right answer.
1) Distinction should be followed by between (in most of the cases) when trying to compare two object(things). So, 'distinctions between' is correct usage, and it should be kept when trying to figure out the correct answer.
2) usage of ' so much' imparts correct sense to the sentence as it is playing down the effect of 'specific skill' as intended by the author.
3) I can't see any idiom usage problem in C. distinction between X and Y is correct usage.

In fact contrary to what you say, I find D wordy and awkward and would never go for it in the real thing.
Anyway, hope it helps.
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hi ayrish. C is fine...
two idioms.. between .... and .....:
and 'so much' is not redundant ....if preceded by -ive, 'as much...as....,' can be changed to ' so much....as....'
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Re: One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence [#permalink]

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Even I am not seeing any grammatical issue with D. It may not be correct, because meaning has slightly changed.
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Ayrish wrote:
Hi friends
I have very interesting question

One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but in our ability to extend knowledge gained in one context to new and different ones.

A. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but
B. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill but instead
C. between our intelligence and that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill as
D. our intelligence has from that of other primates may lie not in any specific skill as
E. of our intelligence to that of other primates may lay not in any specific skill but

[Reveal] Spoiler:
The question is the following:
between C and D I chose D for:
1) d is more concise
2) what is "so much" in C for? I think it is redundant and useless.
3) D like C doesn't have idiom usage problem

However, OA is C. so I hope you can correct me, if I am wrong.

Thanx

There are two issues with D:
1) It is awkward and wordy
2) The word as in the option is used to give examples instead of representing a comparison. Whereas, the second part of the non-underlined sentence is a preposition (in our ability ). We cannot use the preposition as an example. The original sentence clearly demands a comparison, so D is incorrect.

C is idiomatically correct and also maintains a parallelism while representing a comparison.

Hope it is clear now.
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Re: One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence [#permalink]

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15 Dec 2009, 09:24
Ayrish wrote:
Hi friends
I have very interesting question
C. between our intelligence and that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill as
D. our intelligence has from that of other primates may lie not in any specific skill as

[Reveal] Spoiler:
The question is the following:
between C and D I chose D for:
1) d is more concise
2) what is "so much" in C for? I think it is redundant and useless.
3) D like C doesn't have idiom usage problem

However, OA is C. so I hope you can correct me, if I am wrong.

Thanx

D is wrng bcoz of wrng idiom distinguish from
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Re: One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence [#permalink]

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Distinguish between X and Y:
Two very different items;
for example, Some color blind people cannot distinguish between red and green

Distinguish X from Y:
Two pretty similar items;
for example, distinguish original paintings from fake ones

Please if the above idiom is correct, upon application to the question above,
the question seems not to correlate with the logic of the idiom above;
that is: distinguish between X and Y (different items) where, in this case,
X and Y are our intelligence and that of our primates - these are like items, right?

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28 Jul 2010, 03:46
Other way to rule E out is because of "lay", transitive verb that always takes an object and here is therefore incorrect.
A and B are out because "between with".
The thing is between C and D. C sounds good for me.
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08 Feb 2012, 04:08
C for me .when between is used to compare two entities only .
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I understand the sentence completely except for one very important thing, i.e. for me as Dutch person it is very hard to understand why it is as instead of but ending the underlined portion. I understand the idiom usage, the reason why we use lie instead of lay (I know this removes E). But I cannot cope with as..... Can somebody please explain. Thanks in advance
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09 Jan 2013, 21:13
in D
distintion from
may be incorrect

and

" distintion" is far from "from" . This is not good

Am I correct?
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09 Jan 2013, 22:09
Ayrish wrote:
One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but in our ability to extend knowledge gained in one context to new and different ones.

A. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but
B. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill but instead
C. between our intelligence and that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill as
D. our intelligence has from that of other primates may lie not in any specific skill as
E. of our intelligence to that of other primates may lay not in any specific skill but

[Reveal] Spoiler:
The question is the following:
between C and D I chose D for:
1) d is more concise
2) what is "so much" in C for? I think it is redundant and useless.
3) D like C doesn't have idiom usage problem

However, OA is C. so I hope you can correct me, if I am wrong.

Thanx

Distinction is between this AND that --> Only C fulfills this
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I understand the sentence completely except for one very important thing, i.e. for me as Dutch person it is very hard to understand why it is as instead of but ending the underlined portion. I understand the idiom usage, the reason why we use lie instead of lay (I know this removes E). But I cannot cope with as..... Can somebody please explain. Thanks in advance

Hi Brink,

This sentence aims to describe what is the main distinction between human and primate intelligence. Author says that it is not any particular skill, as usually believed (by say some other scientists) but humans' ability extend knowledge.
As shows comparison. It is akin to saying: Distinction lies not so much in A, as in B.
Hence the use of 'as' is correct here.

One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence and that of other primates may lie not [so much] in any specific skill [as] in our ability to extend knowledge gained in one context to new and different ones.

In the original sentence, but implies a contrast:
One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not [so much] in any specific skill [but] in our ability to extend knowledge gained in one context to new and different ones.

C says : Distinction lies not so much in A, but in B
Here but also fails to connect the part after it with part before it. Part after but, might as well be a separate thought with nothing to do with the degree of distinction in specific skill.
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16 Feb 2014, 10:29
I was going to pick C but the "as" at the end made me believe the meaning changed
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27 Mar 2014, 19:59
Hi OP - please do not highlight the answer choices. It definitely ruins the opportunity for others to use this as a legitimate practice question.

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19 Apr 2014, 12:12
Ignoring the lay/lie split, can someone explain why E is wrong? Doesn't it provide a contrast with "but"?

Wouldn't "c" be incorrect because it's using "as" to contrast as opposed to "but"?

EDIT: Do distinctions ALWAYS need "between x but y" format? Meaning, are the answer choices D/E wrong because they are missing the word "between" or because they are missing the "and" in the middle?
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Distinction Between X and Y is the only correct idiom for Distinction.
Any other form of DISTINCTION + X+Y is wrong

So the only correct option for this is C
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One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but in our ability to extend knowledge gained in one context to new and different ones.

A. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so much in any specific skill but

B. between our intelligence with that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill but instead

C. between our intelligence and that of other primates may lie not so much in any specific skill as 60

D. our intelligence has from that of other primates may lie not in any specific skill as

E. of our intelligence to that of other primates may lay not in any specific skill but
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C. Seems to be the CORRECT answer choice.
It seems idiomatically correct - 'Not so much in X as in Y'
A. , B. should be Between X & Y
E. Incorrectly uses lay
D. The primary distinctions A has from B may lie is awkward
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C does seem correct, but request the moderator to remove "60" at the end of option C. It's creating confusion.
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