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    Two confusing questions.

    Hello! Everyone.

    Please see the below two questions.

    The answer is (D) but I am confusing with (B) and (C). Can you explain
    why (B) (C) cannot be an answer?

    The hiring committee reported that the
    candidate’s ------- experience with publishing
    was the reason they denied him the position.
    (A) least of all
    (B) so little
    (C) hardly any
    (D) lack of

    I can't find out the difference between whereas and although.
    The answer is "although". What is the difference between them?
    Thank you in advance.

    ------- construction of the ski resort is lagging
    a full month behind schedule, investors are
    confident it will be completed before the first
    snowfall.
    (A) Although
    (B) Whereas
    (C) Since
    (D) Until

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    Re: Two confusing questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by swpark97 View Post
    The answer is (D) but I am confusinged with (B) and (C). Can you explain
    why can't (B) (C) cannot be an answer?

    The hiring committee reported that the candidate’s ------- experience with publishing was the reason they denied him the position.
    (A) least of all .....(B) so little .....(C) hardly any .....(D) lack of

    We can say, "The candidate had hardly any / so little experience", but we cannot speak of "the candidate's hardly any / so little experience"


    I can't find out the difference between whereas and although. The answer is "although". What is the difference between them?

    ------- construction of the ski resort is lagging a full month behind schedule, investors are confident it will be completed before the first
    snowfall.
    (A) Although .....(B) Whereas .....(C) Since .....(D) Until

    'Whereas' is used with two clearly contrasting ideas, usually suggesting that one is in some ways the reverse of the other, as in:

    Whereas construction of the ski resort is lagging a full month behind schedule, construction of the railway station is a little ahead of schedule.

    'Although'
    introduces an idea that might not be expected with the situation noted in the main clause.
    Please use separate threads for separate questions in the future, to avoid possible confusion when you receive several answers. Thank you.

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    Re: Two confusing questions.

    Hello swpark97!


    The pattern is as follows:


    (B) so little <adverb + adjective>
    (C)
    hardly any <adverb + adjective>
    (D)
    lack of <noun + preposition>


    All of the phrases above are adjectival, and all of them express a negative meaning, but they differ in one respect: their internal structure. (D) 'lack of' is introduced by a noun ('lack'). The other two choices, (B) and (C), are introduced by an adverb ('so' and 'hardly').


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    Verb + 'so little / hardly any'

    • He has so little experience.
    • He has hardly any experience.
    • There is so little experience here.
    • There is hardly any experience here.


    Possessive + 'so little / hardly any'

    • his so little experience
    • his hardly any experience
    • the candidate's so little experience
    • the candidate's hardy any experience

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    Re: Two confusing questions.

    Thank you guys^^

    It really helped me..

    I now fully understand..

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