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Hi, GBLSU,

@GBLSU posted:

The researchers believed that physical space was the key to friendship formation; that “friendships are likely to develop on the basis of brief and passive contacts made going to and from home or walking about the neighborhood.” In their view, it wasn’t so much that people with similar attitudes became friends, but rather that people who passed each other during the day tended to become friends and so came to adopt similar attitudes over time.

I find that "it" there is used to contrast the two noun clauses that follow (it's not this but that):

- In their view, it wasn’t so much that people with similar attitudes became friends, but rather that people who passed each other during the day tended to become friends and so came to adopt similar attitudes over time.

"so much" and "rather" can be omitted to be more categorical in discarding the first option and asserting the second one:

- It's not that people with similar attitudes will always become friends, but that they will become friends when they see each other often and adopt similar attitudes over time.

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