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SC Question

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 – Confusing,incorrect use of tense?

(B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc – Uncomparable, eliminate

© No less remarkable than the development of the compact disc – Confusing, change of meaning?

(D) Developing the compact disc has been none the less remarkable than --Uncomparable, eliminate

(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as – Uncomparable and unidiomatic, eliminate

[My question]

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© intends: The use of new technology >=(More remarkable or as remarkable as) the Development of Compact discs.

I was confused between option A and C, please advice. thank you.

A,B the tense are clearly wrong, as you mentioned. As our rule tells you - unless we have clear logical reason to use 2 different tenses in one sentence, you should use the same tense.

D. none the less …than -> wrong structure, no such thing in English
E no less…as -> Wrong structure

yes, you are right. Switching from “as…as” to “no less…than” does change the original meaning. For this question, if you do not have “no” at the beginning you cannot use inversion (no less … than has been the use of… the subject is “the use”

So, just understand what it tries to test on this question is fine. It is not a 100% well designed question.

Thank you for your prompt reply. :grinning: So option C stands out because it is the only one that has no grammatical mistake and hence certainly is the best choice here. Not the PERFECT but the BEST. Now it makes sense to me.

Yes!