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# The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not

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The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not so much to convert to Christianity the last non-Christian people in Europe, and also for establishing control over the commerce of the entire Baltic region.
(A) and also for establishing
(B) yet to establish
(C) while establishing
(D) as to establish
(E) but more for establishing

For a discussion of the different kinds of verbals, as well as the OE to this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/verbals-on ... orrection/

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17 Jan 2014, 11:16
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Do we not require a opposite clause in case of Not so much?
I go with E. can you plz explain?

Dear bhatiamanu05,
I'm happy to respond.

The structure "not such much P as Q" definitely puts two elements in parallel. Those elements could be nouns, adjective, prepositional phrases, clauses, participial phrases, etc. Here, in choice (E), they are two infinitive phrases. As long as P & Q have the same grammatical form, the parallelism works. Here are some examples.
Two nouns: For dinner, I want not so much soup as stew.
Two adjectives: He is not so much clever as resourceful.
Prepositional phrase: She drove to the train station not so much in a rush as with a clear sense of purpose.
In all of these, there is an implied clause following the word "as."
For dinner, I want not so much soup as I want stew.
She drove to the train station not so much in a rush as she drove to the train station with a clear sense of purpose
In those versions, I have included the words that fill out the second clause. Notice, those versions would NEVER be correct on the GMAT, because they are bloated and wordy and awkward. The sleek and concise versions above would be preferable. Dropping repeated words in parallel is not only acceptable but absolutely necessary in terms of the GMAT's standards of rhetoric. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/dropping-c ... -the-gmat/

Does all this make sense?
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16 Jan 2014, 19:23
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mikemcgarry wrote:
The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not so much to convert to Christianity the last non-Christian people in Europe, and also for establishing control over the commerce of the entire Baltic region.
(A) and also for establishing
(B) yet to establish
(C) while establishing
(D) as to establish
(E) but more to establish

For a discussion of the different kinds of verbals, as well as the OE to this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/verbals-on ... orrection/

Mike

Hi,

Do we not require a opposite clause in case of Not so much.

I go with E.

can you plz explain?
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02 Jun 2016, 11:01
bhatiamanu05 wrote:
mikemcgarry wrote:
The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not so much to convert to Christianity the last non-Christian people in Europe, and also for establishing control over the commerce of the entire Baltic region.
(A) and also for establishing
(B) yet to establish
(C) while establishing
(D) as to establish
(E) but more to establish

For a discussion of the different kinds of verbals, as well as the OE to this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/verbals-on ... orrection/

Mike

Hi,

Do we not require a opposite clause in case of Not so much.

I go with E.

can you plz explain?

No so much X as to Y is an idiom. The pattern mentioned must match amongst the answer choices.
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02 Jun 2016, 14:05
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mikemcgarry wrote:
The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not so much to convert to Christianity the last non-Christian people in Europe, and also for establishing control over the commerce of the entire Baltic region.
(A) and also for establishing
(B) yet to establish
(C) while establishing
(D) as to establish
(E) but more to establish

For a discussion of the different kinds of verbals, as well as the OE to this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/verbals-on ... orrection/

Mike

Correct idiom is 'not so much X as Y'

Only option D mentions this idiom correctly, and hence is the answer
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10 Nov 2016, 05:29
I agree that (D) uses the correct idiom, but I wanted to know can Much usage in the non-underlined part and More usage in (E), be a reason to eliminate (E).
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I agree that (D) uses the correct idiom, but I wanted to know can Much usage in the non-underlined part and More usage in (E), be a reason to eliminate (E).

Dear believer700,

I'm happy to respond. Your question made me realize that we had edited the question in the Magoosh product and never made the change here. Take a look at (E) now.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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13 Dec 2016, 08:58
Hi mikemcgarry,

Thanks for your effort for such a wonderful question and explanation
Good to know an idiom "not so much x as y"
Still,I wonder why this sentence "," between x and as y in the given question?
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26 Aug 2017, 08:13
not so much to X as to Y is an idiom.
only D has it
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27 Aug 2017, 22:05
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mikemcgarry wrote:
The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not so much to convert to Christianity the last non-Christian people in Europe, and also for establishing control over the commerce of the entire Baltic region.
(A) and also for establishing
(B) yet to establish
(C) while establishing
(D) as to establish
(E) but more for establishing

For a discussion of the different kinds of verbals, as well as the OE to this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/verbals-on ... orrection/

Mike

This question is testing IDIOM knowledge.

The correct IDIOM should be "Not So Much X as Y"

Also, we need parallelism between "to convert" and "to establish"

Hence, D
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31 May 2018, 20:58
not so much ... as

Only option D has this structure.

mikemcgarry wrote:
The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not so much to convert to Christianity the last non-Christian people in Europe, and also for establishing control over the commerce of the entire Baltic region.
(A) and also for establishing
(B) yet to establish
(C) while establishing
(D) as to establish
(E) but more for establishing

For a discussion of the different kinds of verbals, as well as the OE to this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/verbals-on ... orrection/

Mike

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01 Jun 2018, 01:59
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not so much ... as

Only option D has this structure.

mikemcgarry wrote:
The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not so much to convert to Christianity the last non-Christian people in Europe, and also for establishing control over the commerce of the entire Baltic region.
(A) and also for establishing
(B) yet to establish
(C) while establishing
(D) as to establish
(E) but more for establishing

For a discussion of the different kinds of verbals, as well as the OE to this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/verbals-on ... orrection/

Mike

Can anyone explain why not B as the sentence meaning is in contrary nature.

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01 Jun 2018, 02:52
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Raxit85 wrote:
Can anyone explain why not B as the sentence meaning is in contrary nature.

Hey Raxit85 ,

I am happy to help

You didn't understand the meaning of the sentence correctly.

We are saying the main motivation was to establish some control. We do have another motivation(to convert to Christianity ) but that is not the main one.

So, ideally there isn't any contrast in the meaning of the sentence. Hence, B is out.

Also, the correct idiom is so much X as Y where X and Y MUST be ||.

X: To Convert
Y: To Establish

Hence, D is correct.

Does that make sense?
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07 Jun 2018, 04:19
The political motivation behind the Livonian Crusade was not so much to convert to Christianity the last non-Christian people in Europe, and also for establishing control over the commerce of the entire Baltic region.
(A) and also for establishing
(B) yet to establish
(C) while establishing
(D) as to establish
(E) but more for establishing

Idiom is - Something was not so much to do x as to do y. - Only D fits in.
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