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# The key to Japan's worldwide commercial success is not so

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The key to Japan's worldwide commercial success is not so much goverment policy, although that too is a factor, but fierce domestic competition; after outpacing local rivals, firms often find that foreign competitors are simply no match for them

a) but fierce domestic competition

b) but domestic competition

c) but rather it is fierce domestic competition

d) as it is fierce domestic competition

e) as competition that is fierce domestically
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19 Nov 2004, 19:20
I'm not sure which one is correct answer even though my studying material says that OA is D.
chunjuwu posted the same Q, but he said OA is E.

I think D is wrong because A (goverment policy) should be paralleled with B (domestic competition). Since A is a noun, B should be also a noun.

For example,
"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life... as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."

I have not seen any sentence like "not so much A (=noun) as B (=clause)".

But now I came to think of another answer, "a) but fierce domestic competition".
"not A but B" is a correct ussage, so if "so much" is regarded as a just modifier, a) looks very fine.

Example:
vulnerable Hamlet possessed not so much by demons but by the knowledge of how easily love can be drained ...

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19 Nov 2004, 22:53
My 2 cents

I think it should be E

no so much --- as is the right idiom. Now let's look at D & E

D) as it is fierce domestic competition
what does it refer to here?

e) as competition that is fierce domestically

that refers to competition & fierce domestically modifies competition hence it is correct.
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20 Nov 2004, 08:39
I will go with D

as "it is" fierce domestic competititon. It is refers to "key to japan's worldwide commercial success.

E sounds passive + it simpy distorts the message - it is not just any competition that is fierce domestically but fierce domestic competition.

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12 Nov 2015, 10:53
Please provide OA!!! I think the answer is D "the key to ... commercial success [is] not so much X (government policy) as [it is] fierce domestic competition". Also in E "competition that is fierce domestically" sounded wordy. So in general, "D" sounded intuitively better to me, but the typical idiom is "not so much X as Y" >>> "E" looks more like that.

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