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# What was as remarkable as the development of the Compact

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What was as remarkable as the development of the Compact Disc has been the use of the new technology to revitalize, in better sound than was ever before possible, some of the classic recorded performances of the pre-LP era.

A) What was as remarkable as the development of the Compact Disc
B) The thing that was as remarkable as the developing the Compact Disc
C) No less remarkable than the development of the Compact Disc
D) Developing the Compact Disc has been none the less remarkable as the development than
E) Development of the Compact Disc has been no less remarkable as

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26 Jan 2009, 20:44
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x2suresh wrote:
What was as remarkable as the development of the Compact Disc has been the use of the new technology to revitalize, in better sound than was ever before possible, some of the classic recorded performances of the pre-LP era.

A) What was as remarkable as the development of the Compact Disc
B) The thing that was as remarkable as the developing the Compact Disc
C) No less remarkable than the development of the Compact Disc
D) Developing the Compact Disc has been none the less remarkable as the development than
E) Development of the Compact Disc has been no less remarkable as

I'll go with C

B is wrong because "The thing" is wordy and "developing" is not in sync with " the use" in the later part of the sentence.
D is wrong because it is too wordy and unidiomatic
E is wrong because "no less remarkable" requires "than" not "as"

We're left with A and C. I'll choose C because of 2 reasons
1) In A, becuase of the presence of "has been" in the later part of the sentence, the first part of the sentence should be in present tense
2) C is a lot more concise than A is

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26 Jan 2009, 21:52
unplugged wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
What was as remarkable as the development of the Compact Disc has been the use of the new technology to revitalize, in better sound than was ever before possible, some of the classic recorded performances of the pre-LP era.

A) What was as remarkable as the development of the Compact Disc
B) The thing that was as remarkable as the developing the Compact Disc
C) No less remarkable than the development of the Compact Disc
D) Developing the Compact Disc has been none the less remarkable as the development than
E) Development of the Compact Disc has been no less remarkable as

I'll go with C

B is wrong because "The thing" is wordy and "developing" is not in sync with " the use" in the later part of the sentence.
D is wrong because it is too wordy and unidiomatic
E is wrong because "no less remarkable" requires "than" not "as"

We're left with A and C. I'll choose C because of 2 reasons
1) In A, becuase of the presence of "has been" in the later part of the sentence, the first part of the sentence should be in present tense
2) C is a lot more concise than A is

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I didn't understand below statement and structure of the statement..
Can you elaborate what exactly it trying to say.

What is as remarkable as the development of the Compact Disc has been the use of the new technology to revitalize
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26 Jan 2009, 22:15
First, it says that the development of compact disc is remarkable. Second, it compares the use of new technology to reviatlize some of the old performances to the development of CD.

In other words, it says that both " the reviatlization of old performances" and " the development of CDs" are remarkable

If you remove all the so called "middle men" the sentence will be something like this... "Development of CD is as remarkable as the use of technology to X"..

Hope it is clear

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27 Jan 2009, 01:43
Really tough one. I selected A for the reason that I found the structure of C wrong. But, it is clear now why A is wrong for the user of past and present perfect continuous tense simultaneously.

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