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Recently conducted surveys of over 100 start-ups indicate that the cause of the high failure rate of start-ups is not so much that these companies not discovering a point of differentiation as that they failing to communicate it to their customers in a clear, concise, and compelling manner.


A. so much that these companies not discovering a point of differentiation as that they failing to communicate it

B. so much that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation as that they fail to communicate them

C. that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation but that they fail to communicate it

D. so much that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation as that they fail to communicate it

E. that these companies discovering a point of differentiation fail to communicate it

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hi,
we are familiar with parallesism like not only x but also y
Another parallesim in Gmat is Not so much x as Y

In these context, only A B D remain.

Here point of differentiation is singulair so B out fail to communicate them.

we needs a verb after subject so A companies not discovering is noun phrase so out.


In C Not that and but that looks both show contrast looks not correct.

Option E out not have parallesim.


So Option D wins
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Recently conducted surveys of over 100 start-ups indicate that the cause of the high failure rate of start-ups is not so much that these companies not discovering a point of differentiation as that they failing to communicate it to their customers in a clear, concise, and compelling manner.

A. so much that these companies not discovering a point of differentiation as that they failing to communicate it

B. so much that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation as that they fail to communicate them

C. that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation but that they fail to communicate it

D. so much that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation as that they fail to communicate it

E. that these companies discovering a point of differentiation fail to communicate it

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There is a clear 3-2 split among the answer choices between choices using idiom so much..as and choices using idiom not....but.
so much ...as is used incorrectly as it does not convey intended meaning. we can rule out A, B and D.
Also there are plenty other reasons making different choices incorrect.
"not discovering a point.....as that they failing to communicate it" is awkward construction and there is no verb in the sentence making option A incorrect choice.
option B correctly describes "do not discover" part but wrong for idiom and pronoun reasons "them" incorrectly refers to differentiation.
Option C correctly uses not but idiom to convey proper meaning.
Option D contains same errors as A.
Option E removes the but from idiom not but and also produces verb missing error.
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I;ll go with D ... C changes that meaning saying that failing to differentiate is not the reason at all ... but the actual sentence is both are the reasons for failure but one is more than the other ...
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I;ll go with D ... C changes that meaning saying that failing to differentiate is not the reason at all ... but the actual sentence is both are the reasons for failure but one is more than the other ...


If we look at the options C and D logically, C seems to convey clear meaning. It doesn't say that failing to differentiate is not the reason. It says that these companies do identify the actual reason, but they are not communicating it. It is implied that failing to differentiate is the reason.
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I;ll go with D ... C changes that meaning saying that failing to differentiate is not the reason at all ... but the actual sentence is both are the reasons for failure but one is more than the other ...


If we look at the options C and D logically, C seems to convey clear meaning. It doesn't say that failing to differentiate is not the reason. It says that these companies do identify the actual reason, but they are not communicating it. It is implied that failing to differentiate is the reason.



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we have to go with original meaning so C is out ...
the original meaning saysthat one reason is more reponsible for the efeect than a second one.. so SO MUCH .... AS... is the correct idiom,
only option retaining the original meaning, parallelism and the correct idiom is D
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A. so much that these companies not discovering a point of differentiation as that they failing to communicate it --- Not discovering is wrong; We need a verb here not a participle

B. so much that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation as that they fail to communicate them --- ‘them’ is wrong pronoun

C. that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation but that they fail to communicate it – Text says that the reason is both non-discovery and not communicating—only thing is that it is more due to non–communicating than due to non discovery. But C alters the intent and claims that the reason for failure is only non–communicating, implying that non discovery has no role in the failure. This is fatal. Another issue, a comma before 'but' would be more grammatical.

D. so much that these companies do not discover a point of differentiation as that they fail to communicate it --- rigorously sticks to original intent and hence the best

E. that these companies discovering a point of differentiation fail to communicate it ---structurally weak; suspect the sentence is incomplete.

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I will change to C too. D seems a bit wordy. I went for D coz i felt it retained the original meaning but D has too many negators here and is unnecessarily wordy
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I will change to C too. D seems a bit wordy. I went for D coz i felt it retained the original meaning but D has too many negators here and is unnecessarily wordy


Wordiness is not really the correct explanation - the comparison structure is altogether wrong in option D. The correct structure is:


(not) so + [adjective] + that + clause
I am not so happy that I will give you a treat.

OR (not) so [adjective] + as + noun/clause
I am not as/so happy as you (are).

You would notice that option D does not follow any of the above structures - the adjective is missing.
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