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The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her

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The new mayor is certainly more progressive than her predecessor, but she is not nearly as efficient.


A) but she is not nearly as efficient
B) but she, however, is not nearly as efficient
C) but she is nearly not as efficient
D) even though she is not nearly as efficient
E) despite being not as efficient

Can some one explain me the difference between A and C? I knew one of these two is the answer but placement of 'not' tricked me.

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New post 06 Jan 2010, 10:07
imo c..............
nearly adverb is modifying is verb so it should be placed near to verb

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New post 06 Jan 2010, 14:18
isn't the pronoun "she" ambigous in all of the items except E?
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New post 06 Jan 2010, 15:01
Will go with A.
not is correctly negating the phrase nearly as efficient.

not as efficient is correct but nearly not as efficient doesn't make sense.
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New post 07 Jan 2010, 00:21
on 2nd thought, E is redundant as well and uses "being" which should avoided.

Although i feel the pronoun "she" is still ambiguous, Pick A since it is idiomatically correct:

X is not nearly as <adjective> as Y is

the "as Y is" portion is usually omitted.
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New post 08 Jan 2010, 08:20
OA is A ..thanks.

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New post 08 Jan 2010, 10:00
C;

in my view, nearly, qualifies not efficient; adverb precedes-> adjective precedes-> verb

but then I am trying to unlearn all NonGMAT grammer like y'll these days :)

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New post 08 Jan 2010, 10:48
nope I'm wrong; "Not Nearly as" is accepted construct ...!
so it should be A

Guys,
check this out; really interesting statistical proof of syntatic references in literature for 'Almost' & 'Nearly'

http://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/forskning/kon ... 85-507.pdf (page 10 & 11)

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New post 11 Jan 2010, 10:26
Nearly is adverb, and it can modify anything but noun. Here it is modifying "as" preposition.

Nearly modifying "not" doesn't make sense.

+1 for A.

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