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What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has been the use of this technology to proliferate in the form of a blog what would traditionally have been a personal diary.

A What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
B The concept that had been as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
C No less remarkable than the advent of the Internet
D The advent of the Internet has been nonetheless remarkable than
E Advent of the Internet was just as remarkable as

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Originally posted by agdimple333 on 20 Jul 2012, 12:59.
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What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has been the use of this technology to proliferate in the form of a blog what would traditionally have been a personal diary.
A What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
B The concept that had been as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
C No less remarkable than the advent of the Internet
D The advent of the Internet has been nonetheless remarkable than
E Advent of the Internet was just as remarkable as


Choices (D) & (E) are clearly grammatical trainwrecks. (B) is hopelessly wordy and indirect. As it apparent from the other posts in this thread, the real choice is between (A) and (C). This is a tricky and subtle choice.

Let's think about the comparison. We are comparing two things:
(1) the advent of the Internet itself
(2) the fact that people use the Internet to overshare highly personal, extremely private information on blogs visible to everyone on the planet (!)
The comparison is saying both these things are equally remarkable.

(A) is bizarrely indirect. Consider these two sentences:
(3) Sally is as smart as Jim.
(4) One who is as smart as Sally is Jim.
Clearly (3) is completely direct and correct, and (4) is an indirect and wordy way of saying the same thing. (3) uses a structure we hear all the time in everyday speech, and it's perfectly correct. (4) is much less natural, much more awkward.

(A) is not much wordier than (C), but it is similarly indirect and awkward. A direct comparison has one term as the subject of the independent clause and the other as the subject of the clause following the word "than" or "as". Here, in (A), the entire comparison ("as remarkable as") is inside a subordinate clause beginning with the word "what" --- What seemed as remarkable as (1) has been (2). Why bury the comparison inside a subordinate clause? That's evasive and bizarre. That's precisely what is awkward about (4) above. That's not powerful and direct. This is precisely why (A) is unacceptable as an answer.

(C) makes the direct comparison in an entirely grammatically appropriate manner.

No less remarkable than (1) has been (2). Perfect.

If you don't typically read, say, the NY Times or the Economist magazine, you may find this grammatical form somewhat unfamiliar, but it is actually quite standard in high quality writing, so it's good to know.

This is why the OA is the correct answer.

Does all this make sense? Please let me know if anyone in the thread, or anyone else reading this, has any further questions.

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What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet has been the use of this technology to proliferate in the form of a blog what would traditionally have been a personal diary.

A What seemed as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
B The concept that had been as remarkable as the advent of the Internet
C No less remarkable than the advent of the Internet
D The advent of the Internet has been nonetheless remarkable than
E Advent of the Internet was just as remarkable as


My answer is A because "as remarkable as" is used to compare between "the advent of the Internet" with "the use of this technology".

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I think its C.I think "seems" would be appropriate than "seemed".

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Thanks Mike! Truly appreciate your response.

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Tough (A) Vs (C )
(C) wins
only (C) tells that the advent and proliferation of the new technology is referring to the same thing.
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Its strange that the OA changes the original meaning somewhat.

As remarkable as vs. No less remarkable

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Its strange that the OA changes the original meaning somewhat.
As remarkable as vs. No less remarkable

Actually, the OA doesn't change the meaning at all. Consider these two sentences:

1) P is as remarkable as Q.

2) P is no less remarkable than Q.

Those are two different ways of saying exactly the same thing. Sentence #2 might sound strange, because it's more formal, and less common in colloquial English; nevertheless, it's perfectly correct, and it means exactly the same thing as #1. This is the advantage of a weekly habit of reading, say, the Economist magazine: it would accustom your ear to such formal language.

Does all this make sense?

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manwiththeharmonica wrote:
Its strange that the OA changes the original meaning somewhat.
As remarkable as vs. No less remarkable

Actually, the OA doesn't change the meaning at all. Consider these two sentences:

1) P is as remarkable as Q.

2) P is no less remarkable than Q.

Those are two different ways of saying exactly the same thing. Sentence #2 might sound strange, because it's more formal, and less common in colloquial English; nevertheless, it's perfectly correct, and it means exactly the same thing as #1. This is the advantage of a weekly habit of reading, say, the Economist magazine: it would accustom your ear to such formal language.

Does all this make sense?

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Mike,

Although your whole explanation makes complete sense, but I have an objection- "P no less remarkable than q" can also mean P equal to or greater than Q, thereby introducing a change in the meaning of original sentence. A kind of logical deduction we often make while solving CR questions.

Would you want to shed some light on that?

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Mike,

Although your whole explanation makes complete sense, but I have an objection- "P no less remarkable than q" can also mean P equal to or greater than Q, thereby introducing a change in the meaning of original sentence. A kind of logical deduction we often make while solving CR questions.

Would you want to shed some light on that?

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Dear Yash,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

With all due respect, my friend, you are thinking about language in a way that suggests that you are exceptionally talented at mathematical and logical analysis but don't necessarily have all the intuition for how the English language is used in practice.

Yes, if we turn the phrase into pure mathematics and remove it from all its connotations in the living language, we might deduce that "P is no less [adjective] than Q" literally means "not (P < Q)," which of course is the logical equivalent of "(P > or = Q)." This is logic that departs from real communication. In a way, it reminds me of the xkcd about small talk. If we become rigorously logical, we absolutely lose our ability to navigate ordinary conversation in the world.

In practice, in the way that language is actually used, "P is no less [adjective] than Q" means exactly the same thing as "P is as [adjective] as Q." Yes, that's not entirely consistent with rigorous logic. On behalf of the entire English language and all its speakers, I apologize. Some real constructions in the living language are illogical, and some are outright wacky. (Most of the truly wacky stuff is informal and would not find its way onto the GMAT!) Is this the way real language should be? I don't know, but it's the way that language is. Moreover, the GMAT SC will find ways to punish you if you cling to the hyper-logical interpretation to the neglect of the way that real people communicate.

Does this make sense?
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Mike,

Although your whole explanation makes complete sense, but I have an objection- "P no less remarkable than q" can also mean P equal to or greater than Q, thereby introducing a change in the meaning of original sentence. A kind of logical deduction we often make while solving CR questions.

Would you want to shed some light on that?

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Dear Yash,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

With all due respect, my friend, you are thinking about language in a way that suggests that you are exceptionally talented at mathematical and logical analysis but don't necessarily have all the intuition for how the English language is used in practice.

Yes, if we turn the phrase into pure mathematics and remove it from all its connotations in the living language, we might deduce that "P is no less [adjective] than Q" literally means "not (P < Q)," which of course is the logical equivalent of "(P > or = Q)." This is logic that departs from real communication. In a way, it reminds me of the xkcd about small talk. If we become rigorously logical, we absolutely lose our ability to navigate ordinary conversation in the world.

In practice, in the way that language is actually used, "P is no less [adjective] than Q" means exactly the same thing as "P is as [adjective] as Q." Yes, that's not entirely consistent with rigorous logic. On behalf of the entire English language and all its speakers, I apologize. Some real constructions in the living language are illogical, and some are outright wacky. (Most of the truly wacky stuff is informal and would not find its way onto the GMAT!) Is this the way real language should be? I don't know, but it's the way that language is. Moreover, the GMAT SC will find ways to punish you if you cling to the hyper-logical interpretation to the neglect of the way that real people communicate.

Does this make sense?
Mike :-)


Thank you Mike,

Since, I am a "change of meaning" fan, I wanted to highlight and have a healthy discussion. I get your point and probably will like to practice similar questions.

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Between A and C , i rejected A for the word "seemed"
What seemed suggests that a contrast is coming up further in the sentence but actually does not come up.For example What seemed as a difficult question turned out to be easy.
Basically seemed in the past is a problem for me

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I am sure that the answer is C as it is the only one that seems clear and concise, and it has no apparent errors.
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