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# SC: most significant virtue

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460. It could be argued that the most significant virtue of a popular democracy is not the right to participate in the selection of leaders, but rather that it affirms our importance in the scheme of things.

(A) but rather that it affirms
(B) but rather its affirmation of
(C) but rather itâ€™s affirmation in terms of
(D) but instead of that, its affirming that
(E) affirming rather
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21 Jun 2005, 10:49
B for me...i think the idiom is affirmition of...
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B it is..

proper idiom Not X but Y
A,D, E are out

C uses elliptical subject+verb (it's instead of its)

So B it is.
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24 Jun 2005, 21:12
The OA is B.
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31 Aug 2011, 05:33
WinWinMBA wrote:
460. It could be argued that the most significant virtue of a popular democracy is not the right to participate in the selection of leaders, but rather that it affirms our importance in the scheme of things.

(A) but rather that it affirms
(B) but rather its affirmation of
(C) but rather itâ€™s affirmation in terms of
(D) but instead of that, its affirming that
(E) affirming rather

Not X but rather Y- X here is right to .... so Y must be "Affirmation". B fulfills the criteria and looks good comared with other options..
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