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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 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 than

(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as

Originally posted by mrsmarthi on 10 Oct 2009, 14:09.
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The key to this problem is the idioms, as you mention, and parallelism. If you're comparing two things, the structure with which you compare them needs to be parallel.

For example: "Walking" and "running" must be in the same verb tense when we say: "I spent the morning walking and running." If we said "I spent the morning walk and to run" we'd violate parallel structure.

To the same end, we cannot say ""What was more fun than our trip to the movies has been our trip to the beach." Here, we are comparing the trip to the beach with the trip to the movies but using simple past tense "was" in one and the present perfect "has been" in the other. This is grammatically incorrect.

Does that help you see why A and B are incorrect?
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IMO C

No less remarkable introduces a comparison which the rest of the sentence provides


A) What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc (wrong tense was and has been)
B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc (wrong test was and has been)
D) Developing the compact disc has been non the less remarkable than (none the less remarkable sounds awkward)
E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as ( as has sounds awkward)
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Between C and E. E reverses the intended meaning..emphasis is required on the "use of technology" rather than "development of compact disc".
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The use of the new technology... must be parallel to the development of...

So, (B) & (D) that use "developing the compact disc" are out.

(E) is incorrect because no less ... as is unidiomatic.

It should be "no less...than".

(A) is wordy with the word "What" and contains 2 tenses (was and has been). That's so confusing.

Therefore, (C) is the best answer.

The use of the new technology... has been no less remarkable than the development of the compact disc.
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New post 11 Nov 2009, 01:07
Good Question.
I was confused between option C and option E.
Neways I got it clarified-the correct Idiom s No less than.
So I will go with option C.
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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
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(A) What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc
(B) The thing that was as remarkable as 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 than
(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as

I could understand options D and E are wrong because they are unidiomatic

D --> None the less....
E --> No less... as

Why are options A and B wrong ?
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We are comparing 'the development of the compact disc' with 'the use of the new technology'.

(A) What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc
(B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc

'Use of new technology' is not an object. Hence, use of words such as 'what' and 'thing' to refer to 'the use of new technology' is incorrect.

C is best formed of the remaining options.
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The key to this problem is the idioms, as you mention, and parallelism. If you're comparing two things, the structure with which you compare them needs to be parallel.

For example: "Walking" and "running" must be in the same verb tense when we say: "I spent the morning walking and running." If we said "I spent the morning walk and to run" we'd violate parallel structure.

To the same end, we cannot say ""What was more fun than our trip to the movies has been our trip to the beach." Here, we are comparing the trip to the beach with the trip to the movies but using simple past tense "was" in one and the present perfect "has been" in the other. This is grammatically incorrect.

Does that help you see why A and B are incorrect?




Thanks Brett for the nice explanation.

I hope i have understood the error with options A and B, but to ascertain my understanding would request you to please validate the same.

The understanding is the problem with Option A and B is the incorrect usage of Past verb tense "was", which distorts the meaning of the sentence and also the sequence of the tenses is not clear.

It is comparing one thing in the past(was) with the other thing which is still going on (has been).

The correct usage could have been

"What is as remarkable as the development of the compact disc is the use of new technology......."

OR

"What has been as remarkable as the development of the compact disc has been the use of new technology...."

Please validate my understanding ..and let me know if i have understood it correctly or not ? Also whether the correct usage which i have stated above is right ?
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The correct answer is C.
B. Not parallel - developing, use.
A. What - unclear and not needed
D. Not parallel - developing, use.
E. No less as - incorrect idiom (no less/more than)
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you will have to use "than" for comparison not "as". For example -
more than
less than
greater than

D uses "ing" progressive tense.

C remains.

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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 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 than
(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as
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A tricky one when choosing between A and C; B and D can be dumped for using unparallel terms such as ‘developing’ something and ‘the use of’ something; E can be cast off for using the unidiomatic ‘no less remarkable as’.

A is a jumble of tenses; It is not clear why something that was as remarkable as something else is also sought to called as ‘has been’ and whether it is still remarkable. This muddle has been rectified in choice C, which avoids the pitfall of A by using a noun phrase with a perfectly built idiom ‘no less than’
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whichscore 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 [Than required for comparison]
(B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc [same as A]
(C) No less remarkable than the development of the compact disc [correct]
(D) Developing the compact disc has been none the less remarkable than [same as a]
(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as
[same as a]
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+1 C for the concise comparison between "the development of the compact disc " and "the new technology".
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(a) has non-parallel tenses. For (a) to make sense, it would have to begin "what is as remarkable as", since the "remarkability" refers to the present (i.e. it's remarkable now). (b), (d) and (e) all make the same error.

Only (C) doesn't make the same mistake, therefore (c) must be correct.

Another issue with (d) and (e) is the incorrect idiom "less remarkable as" - "less remarkable than" is idiomatically correct. Another reason to eliminate (b) is that "as the developing compact disc" makes no sense in this sentence ("the development of the compact disc" has a completely different meaning and we want to avoid changing the meaning of the original sentence).

(c) uses the idiomatically correct (and parallel) "No less remarkable than the X has been the Y".

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Does the switch from

"as...as"
to
"no less than"

is permitted on GMAT?

Original intends: Development of Compact Discs =~(As remarkable As) == the use of new technology
OA Option(C) intends: The use of new technology >=(More remarkable or as remarkable as) the Development of Compact discs.

Plz advise !
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TGC wrote:
Does the switch from

"as...as"
to
"no less than"

is permitted on GMAT?

Original intends: Development of Compact Discs =~(As remarkable As) == the use of new technology
OA Option(C) intends: The use of new technology >=(More remarkable or as remarkable as) the Development of Compact discs.

Plz advise !


Their is no such rule in gmat or otherwise. The context plus grammatical rule are the most relevant.

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 // was is incorrect
B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc // thing=development-> incorrect
C) No less remarkable than the development of the compact disc // development of...= use of ...= correct
D) Developing the compact disc has been none the less remarkable than // Developing!=use
E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as// as x as y is correct idiom not no x as y.
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This question is mostly about parallelism.

(a) has non-parallel tenses. For (a) to make sense, it would have to begin "what is as remarkable as", since the "remarkability" refers to the present (i.e. it's remarkable now). (b), (d) and (e) all make the same error.

Only (C) doesn't make the same mistake, therefore (c) must be correct.
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mrsmarthi 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 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 than
E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as


C is my answer

A) was .. has been (incorrect tense)
B) same as above
D) seems awkward
E) no less is not used correctly here, seems awkward.
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The key thing to notice is the language "as remarkable as." The "as something as" or "something than" (eg, greater than, less than) structures indicate comparisons, so I know I have to be comparing two things. Those two things need to be comparable (that is, it needs to make sense to compare those two things) and the two things need to be parallel.

"the use of the new technology" is not underlined, so I need to make the other part about the CD fit that. "The use of" is comparable and parallel to "the development of." That eliminates B and D.

A and B can be eliminated through broken parallelism - they mix verb tenses for the two items I'm comparing (was = past, has been = present perfect).

D and E can be eliminated through incorrect idioms. "none the less remarkable than" mixes two idioms: "none the less" and "no less remarkable than." And "no less remarkable as" is also incorrect idiom - it's either "as remarkable as" or "no less remarkable than."
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