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not unlike #1 (permalink) Thu Jun 02, 2011 23:10 pm   not unlike
 

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ESL/EFL Test #880 "The Blue Gotto of Capri", question 5

Visitors are encouraged by the guide to put their hand in the water; they are astounded at seeing it glow strangely in the light, not unlike the ......... of a star.

(a) development
(b) appearanace
(c) temperature
(d) luminosity

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #880 "The Blue Gotto of Capri", answer 5

Visitors are encouraged by the guide to put their hand in the water; they are astounded at seeing it glow strangely in the light, not unlike the luminosity of a star.

Correct answer: (d) luminosity
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not unlike #2 (permalink) Fri Jun 03, 2011 0:09 am   not unlike
 

Yes.
You know that English is diverse.
There are many vocabulary and phrase choices.
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not unlike #3 (permalink) Fri Jun 03, 2011 13:51 pm   not unlike
 

This rhetorical device is called 'litotes'.
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