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16 Sep 2014, 00:58
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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

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06 Sep 2016, 09:33
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what's the different in using "But", "Even tho" and "despite"?

I know it changes the meaning of the sentence. "Even tho" and "despite" mean that the later part will talk about some contract that the former part has overcome. "But" on the other hand is simple contrast.

am I correct so far? if so, my question is.

should we go with the original sentence and select the contrast only "but" or can we also go with "Even tho" & "despite", if they are better options ?

First, the grammatical difference:

But: introduces an independence clause.
Though: introduces a dependent clause.
Despite: introduces a contrasting phrase.

Now, the meaning difference:

The meaning difference follows from the grammatical difference:
But: The clause introduced by "but" is the main point of the sentence.
Despite/ though: The phrase / clause introduced by "despite" / "though" is NOT the main point of the sentence.

Another point: When there are more than one grammatically correct choices, select the one that matches in meaning with the original sentence (or the original one itself, if it is one of the grammatically correct choices).
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18 Aug 2016, 06:26
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1988achilles wrote:

"Nearly" should refer to efficient, not "not" - hence "nearly" should come AFTER "not".

Correct: ...she is not nearly as efficient....
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27 Oct 2014, 08:50
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Hi Bunuel,

I can't understand why "The phrase even though implies an incorrect logical relationship between the new mayor’s progressive stance and her efficiency." I feel the sentence make sense...

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05 Sep 2016, 23:11
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what's the different in using "But", "Even tho" and "despite"?

I know it changes the meaning of the sentence. "Even tho" and "despite" mean that the later part will talk about some contract that the former part has overcome. "But" on the other hand is simple contrast.

am I correct so far? if so, my question is.

should we go with the original sentence and select the contrast only "but" or can we also go with "Even tho" & "despite", if they are better options ?
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16 Sep 2014, 00:58
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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

This sentence is correct and concise. She clearly refers to the new mayor, and the statement of her efficiency contains no unnecessary words.
1. The relationship between the subjects of clauses in this sentence is clear; the second clause is concise.
2. However is unnecessary.
3. Nearly is misplaced, making the clause awkward.
4. The phrase even though implies an incorrect logical relationship between the new mayor’s progressive stance and her efficiency.
5. Despite implies an incorrect logical relationship between the mayor’s progressive stance and her efficiency.

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20 Oct 2015, 03:42
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Hi Brunei,

Can you work a little bit on the explanations you provide both for quant and verbal questions. The majority of your answers need to be reworked and sometimes bring more questions than necessary. In this example you miss lot of steps to helps us understand. First what is the difference in meaning regarding "Nearly" position? Second why ANS 4 break the logical meaning of the sentence?
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27 Jun 2016, 20:23
I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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29 Jun 2016, 09:27
rpriya wrote:
I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.

If you could specify which part of the explanation you are unable to understand, then I can try to elaborate that part further in details.
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06 Jul 2016, 11:41
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rpriya wrote:
I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.

If you could specify which part of the explanation you are unable to understand, then I can try to elaborate that part further in details.

I think the sentence was calling for a bit of contrast, she is certainly this but "however" she is not...
Can you explain why and when do we emit such thoughts?
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07 Jul 2016, 13:39
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sayantanc2k wrote:
rpriya wrote:
I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.

If you could specify which part of the explanation you are unable to understand, then I can try to elaborate that part further in details.

I think the sentence was calling for a bit of contrast, she is certainly this but "however" she is not...
Can you explain why and when do we emit such thoughts?

Of course there is a contrast, and hence "but" is used:

A: New mayor is more progressive.
A': New mayor is less efficient.

To depict this contrast, "but" has been used.

Did I understand your query ("why and when do we emit such thoughts") correctly?
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08 Aug 2016, 04:13
Here,
D is correct as contrast plus reason is clearly specified in that statement
X, even though Y ... even though she is not efficient (Y)..certainly she is progressive than her predecessor(X)

Where as X,but Y is only explaining the contrast and specifying the facts .

So,between A and D, D is a better option
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23 Jul 2017, 03:41
sayantanc2k wrote:
1988achilles wrote:

"Nearly" should refer to efficient, not "not" - hence "nearly" should come AFTER "not".

Correct: ...she is not nearly as efficient....

Could you help me elaborate that why its not nearly and not option C. I could not understand the difference much. Can you explain with another set of example?
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03 Sep 2017, 23:50
yashbusi6170 wrote:
Here,
D is correct as contrast plus reason is clearly specified in that statement
X, even though Y ... even though she is not efficient (Y)..certainly she is progressive than her predecessor(X)

Where as X,but Y is only explaining the contrast and specifying the facts .

So,between A and D, D is a better option

Can you please Give examples of instance where "BUT" Is Correct and instance where evn tough is correct???
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03 Sep 2017, 23:51
sayantanc2k wrote:
tarunsng wrote:
what's the different in using "But", "Even tho" and "despite"?

I know it changes the meaning of the sentence. "Even tho" and "despite" mean that the later part will talk about some contract that the former part has overcome. "But" on the other hand is simple contrast.

am I correct so far? if so, my question is.

should we go with the original sentence and select the contrast only "but" or can we also go with "Even tho" & "despite", if they are better options ?

First, the grammatical difference:

But: introduces an independence clause.
Though: introduces a dependent clause.
Despite: introduces a contrasting phrase.

Now, the meaning difference:

The meaning difference follows from the grammatical difference:
But: The clause introduced by "but" is the main point of the sentence.
Despite/ though: The phrase / clause introduced by "despite" / "though" is NOT the main point of the sentence.

Another point: When there are more than one grammatically correct choices, select the one that matches in meaning with the original sentence (or the original one itself, if it is one of the grammatically correct choices).

Can you please give eg: where but is correct and instances where even tough is correct???
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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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04 Dec 2017, 16:37
Whatever follows "but" is the main point of the sentence, however what follows "despite/in spite of/ though/even though/although" is a subordinate point and hence NOT the main point of the sentence.

However, in this question statement, it is not clear whether "efficiency" is the main point, or the "progressiveness" is the main point. In the element of doubt, I chose A because it is part of the original sentence.
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14 Dec 2017, 05:10
My doubts are listed below. To me, E seems as good or better than A. Verbal experts please do let me know my error in understanding:

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 -- 'she' could be the new mayor or the predecessor -->its placed closest to the predecessor, so I felt it modifies that. Also if its an independent clause, why does it not have a semi colon before? Please let me know why the pronoun 'she' fits here
B. but she, however, is not nearly as efficient - wrong construction
C. but she is nearly not as efficient- wrong
D. even though she is not nearly as efficient - same 'she' problem
E. despite being not as efficient - this removes the 'she' issue entirely, and modifies the new mayor. I am not sure why this wrong.
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14 May 2018, 07:01
I really felt like Eventhough made sense, but should 'D' be rejected only bcoz Orginal sentence did not hint at any extra relationship being required between her progressiveness and efficieny ?

A. but she is not nearly as efficient -- 'she' could be the new mayor or the predecessor -->its placed closest to the predecessor, so I felt it modifies that. Also if its an independent clause, why does it not have a semi colon before? Please let me know why the pronoun 'she' fits here

A pronoun can only refer to a Noun and not another pronoun, so No and also, FANBOYS are connectors which when used do not require semicolon.
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