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# Some historians of science

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25 Sep 2008, 05:04
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Hi All,

Some historians of science have argued that science moves forward not so much because of the insights of great thinkers but because of more mundane developments, such as improved tools and technologies.

(A) because of the insights of great thinkers but because of

(B) because of the insights of great thinkers as the result of

(C) because of the insights of great thinkers as because of

(D) through the insights of great thinkers but through

(E) through the insights of great thinkers but result from

With thanks,.
Roshan

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Re: Some historians of science [#permalink]

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25 Sep 2008, 05:30
roshangupta wrote:
Hi All,

Some historians of science have argued that science moves forward not so much because of the insights of great thinkers but because of more mundane developments, such as improved tools and technologies.

(A) because of the insights of great thinkers but because of

(B) because of the insights of great thinkers as the result of

(C) because of the insights of great thinkers as because of

(D) through the insights of great thinkers but through

(E) through the insights of great thinkers but result from

With thanks,.
Roshan

Answer is C. Correct idiom is not so much X as Y.
Also X & Y should be parallel. This helps in picking C rather than B.
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25 Sep 2008, 07:40
Why C?
I would think "as much" would go with "as". To me, "so much" is another form of "that much". If you make this substitution in the sentence, D does not sound wrong. Use of "because" twice does not seem appropriate either.
I would say, D.
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Re: Some historians of science [#permalink]

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25 Sep 2008, 08:10
D is definitely wrong because it changes meaning by using through

I was not aware of the idiom not so much X as Y

I ended up choosing A based on not X but Y.

Looks like I got it wrong.
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25 Sep 2008, 15:06
I couldn't figure what was what because the question wasn't underlined

I eventually did, but I already blew my minute. :rocket lol

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