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# What is the // structure? it is not a dog but rather a cat

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What is the // structure? it is not a dog but rather a cat  [#permalink]

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What is the // structure? it is not a dog but rather a cat or it is not a dog but rather it is a cat

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Re: idiom: not X but rather Y [#permalink]

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27 Sep 2009, 07:40
not x but rather y is correct usage , so not dog but raher a cat shud b correct
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Re: idiom: not X but rather Y [#permalink]

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27 Sep 2009, 09:54
460. It could be argued that the most significant virtue of a popular democracy is not the right to 10 participate in the selection of leaders, but rather that it affirms our importance in the scheme of things.

(A) but rather that it affirms
(B) but rather its affirmation of
(C) but rather it’s affirmation in terms of
(D) but instead of that, its affirming that
(E) affirming rather
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Re: idiom: not X but rather Y [#permalink]

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27 Sep 2009, 10:13
ANS SHOULD BE B ..here 'its' is possesive and does not stand for 'it is'
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Re: idiom: not X but rather Y [#permalink]

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27 Sep 2009, 10:16
B for me.

not <noun> but rather <noun>
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Re: idiom: not X but rather Y [#permalink]

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27 Sep 2009, 10:31
I am inclined to believe it is B.
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Re: idiom: not X but rather Y [#permalink]

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28 Sep 2009, 11:49
I would go with B as well.

Correct idiom - not x but rather y.
Both x and y should be parallel in construction. In choice A it's not x but rather that y.
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Re: idiom: not X but rather Y [#permalink]

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28 Sep 2009, 16:29
B, definitely, it makes it parallel using two nouns
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Re: idiom: not X but rather Y [#permalink]

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28 Sep 2009, 22:19
(B) but rather its affirmation of
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