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To relieve anxiety, moderate exercise can be equally effective as, and less addictive than, most sedatives.
a. effective as, and
b. as effective as, while being
c. effectively equal to, but
d. as effective as, and
e. effective, and
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31 Jan 2010, 13:47
'A' seems to be the best option.

The adverb equally takes the place of the first as in the typical as...as construction, so an as before effective isn't necessary. Using but would inappropriately imply that addictive is a counterpoint or contradiction to being effective.
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31 Jan 2010, 19:42
My take is D

as... as makes this complete idiom , i am not sure whether usage of equally means you need only one as
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31 Jan 2010, 19:47
As this moment i am not sure but i would like to share my thoughts. I was confused between D and E but IMO - D.

a. effective as, and
I think - here the comparison is wrong. We are comparing effectiveness with sedatives.

b. as effective as, while being
Incorrect usage of while and being

c. effectively equal to, but
but is not required, as it shows contradiction

d. as effective as, and
CORRECT - correct idion - as effective as. Assuming you remove the and part i.e and less addictive than, the sentence makes correct comparison. i.e comparing effectiveness of exercise with sedatives

e. effective, and
I think this choice is closest to the correct answer. here effective is used as an adjective where as the non underlined part "most sedatves", sedative is a noun. Hence the comparision is not parallel. Adverb Adjective THAN Adjective Noun

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23 Aug 2011, 20:32
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D

The word "equally" is redundant.
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24 Aug 2011, 03:43
Eventhough D has the correct idiom, but presence of 'equally' mars its use, hence E. Also, in A, there is wrong comparison.
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18 Dec 2011, 14:11
vscid wrote:
To relieve anxiety, moderate exercise can be equally effective as, and less addictive than, most sedatives.

a. effective as, and

b. as effective as, while being

c. effectively equal to, but

d. as effective as, and

e. effective, and

Interesting choices between A and E.

Let's remove the less addictive part, the sentence becomes To relieve anxiety, moderate exercise can be equally effective most sedatives. if we choose E as the option. Something is missing here.
Granted that the question perhaps should have included as before "equally" to make it idiomatically proper.

If we use A as the option then -
To relieve anxiety, moderate exercise can be equally effective as most sedatives.
To relieve anxiety, moderate exercise can be less addictive than most sedatives.

{A} in my opinion is the best answer for this question.
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18 Dec 2011, 14:55
I go with A because of parallelism... equally effective as and less addictive than...Does anyone know the real answer? i searched the old post and came across D...Where is this question from? Wouldn't an "as" after equally be redundant???
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18 Dec 2011, 15:55
Hi;

There is another post on the same question. Most of the people seem to suggest that answer is 'E'.

to-relieve-anxiety-moderate-exercise-can-be-equally-44443.html.

My personal vote for 'E' as well.
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Although the OA is D as the poster on MGMAT forum said, the MGMAT instructor also comment that choice E is wrong answer. We should obsess to this sentence.

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To relieve anxiety, moderate exercise can be equally effective as, and less addictive than, most sedatives.
a. effective as, and
Incorrect. Incorrect idiom equally...as.
b. as effective as, while being
Incorrect. equally as effective as is awkward and redundant.
c. effectively equal to, but
Incorrect. equally effectively equal is just awful.
d. as effective as, and
Incorrect. Same as B.
e. effective, and
Correct. equally effective, and ...

OA should be E.
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03 Jun 2015, 17:06
Hi All,

I have a simple question regarding the usage of " , and"

I believe it is used for lists or to combine 2 independent sentences. Here in this question ",and less addictive than" is neither of these. How is it a correct answer then ??

Am i missing something here?
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21 Nov 2015, 08:02
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To relieve anxiety, moderate exercise can be equally effective as, and less addictive than, most sedatives.
a. effective as, and
b. as effective as, while being
c. effectively equal to, but
d. as effective as, and
e. effective, and

None of the options seem outright correct to me but if i had to choose one out of the lot i would have gone with A. Equally as effective as and less addictive than

Equally as effective as most sedatives and less addictive than most sedatives. A semblance of correct idiom usage is maintained here i feel.

A more appropriate usage in my opinion would be "To relive anxiety, moderate exercise can be as effective as, and less addictive than, most sedatives."
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According to me answer is E.

In D as effective as and equally are redundant.

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12 Jun 2016, 17:46
Here the word "equally" modifies the terms "as effective as" and "less addictive". This means that moderate exercise is equally likely to be effective as well as less addictive than sedatives.
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According to me answer is E.

In D as effective as and equally are redundant.

Like you, I fell for the trap first and modified the answer choice erroneously.

The problem with E is as follows:

Exercise is equally effective and less addictive than most sedatives.

Parallelism marker: AND
element 1: equally effective

Suppose we eliminate the conjunction "and" and the second element. The sentence becomes:
Exercise is equally effective most sedatives.

It is now grammatically wrong.

I reinstated the answer choice to D, though I find it awkward as described in the following post. Nonetheless the above explanation by Samiksha10 is logical. Read the sentence as ("can be" replaced with "is likely"):

Exercise is equally likely to be as effective as, and less addictive than, most sedatives.
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Here the word "equally" modifies the terms "as effective as" and "less addictive". This means that moderate exercise is equally likely to be effective as well as less addictive than sedatives.

"Equally" is an adverb and must modify a verb. Here "equally" modifies "can be". Nonetheless I can probably understand what you are pointing at:

The gift is equally a boon and a curse. : The gift has two qualities which are equal: a boon and a curse - goodness of boon and badness of curse are equal ( assuming they can be measured in suitable units).

Exercise is equally effective and addictive. This structure is alright since there are two adjectives (effective and addictive) that are equal (again assuming they can be measured in suitable units)

But, the following structure seems to me somewhat awkward:
Exercise is equally as effective as and less addictive than ..... This structure does not have two adjectives that can be said to be equal. It is awkward to say "as effective as" and "less addictive" are equal - that would imply that the equality of effectiveness and the "less"-ness of "addictive"-ness are equal - a very awkward implication.

Yet, in absence of any other grammatically correct option, we have to select D.
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To relieve anxiety, moderate exercise can be equally effective as, and less addictive than, most sedatives.
a. effective as, and
b. as effective as, while being
c. effectively equal to, but
d. as effective as, and
e. effective, and

Breaking it, moderate exercise can be equally effective as most sedatives and equally less addictive.

Only D can maintain the meaning
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