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A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 15:49
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26. A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.
(A) A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that
(B) So secret was a recording system installation and operation in the Kennedy Oval Office
(C) It was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(D) A recording system that was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(E) Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that

Why can not it be E
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Re: SECRETELY_installed [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 16:00
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26. A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.
(A) A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that
(B) So secret was a recording system installation and operation in the Kennedy Oval Office
(C) It was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(D) A recording system that was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(E) Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that

Why can not it be E


b/w A and E.
E is out. it sounds awkward.
"E awkwardly inverts the order of the subject and predicate in the
main clause and thus cannot be logically connected to the remainder of the sentence."
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 20:08
Has to be A as E is passive.

Active voice is preferred over passive.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 21:53
I too agree with A.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 22:14
(A) A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that
(B) awkward
(C) 'It' has no clear reference
(D) awkward
(E) Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that

Between A and E, go with A. (I think 'E' is passive construction, not preferred)
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Re: SECRETELY_installed [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2010, 23:53
Can somebody throw some light on usage of "so secretly". What kind of usage is that? When is so used?

Also this thread should be moved to SC since it is not a CR question.
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Re: SECRETELY_installed [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 18:50
The idiom is so X that Y.

only A fits the bill.
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Re: SECRETELY_installed [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2010, 00:20
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You absolutely right seekmba. This question tests you on 'so' idioms, which are frequently tested on the SC!


The 'so' idiom that is in play here is

so+adjective/adverb+that+clause (subject + verb) --> expresses cause and result!


Example: He was so hungry that he stopped at Burger King. / They ran so fast that they were out of breath by the time they got there.

Note: You can start with the descriptive word too! Ex: So hungry was he that he stopped....

Other 'so' idioms that the SC likes to mess with:

so that --> meaning "in order to"
Ex.I must practice so that I will be prepared for the competition.

not so... as --> inequality comparison
Ex. Tom is not so tall as Joe.

so+adjective1..... as to (be + adjective2)
Ex. The politician's statement was so vague as to be ambiguous.
NOTE! This idiom does NOT express cause and result! It is used to STRENGTHEN A DESCRIPTION.
Incorrect: I must practice so as to be prepared for the competition.

In other words, DON'T MIX UP THESE IDIOMS! THEY ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE


(Many more important idioms are discussed in SC Lessons 9 and 10 at gmaxonline!)

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Re: A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2012, 07:18
this is gmatprep question, so I can search on the internet and see many postings. No posting explains the wrongness of E proplerly.

Is E wrong because we can not use inverted clause with another clause. ?

experts. please, explain fullly why E is wrong?

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Re: A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2012, 08:21
E simply sounds awkward to me, hence marked A.
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Re: A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2013, 01:36
The answer is 'A' 'it' refers to 'A recording system'
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Re: A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2013, 19:45
IrinaOK wrote:
26. A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.
(A) A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that
(B) So secret was a recording system installation and operation in the Kennedy Oval Office
(C) It was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(D) A recording system that was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(E) Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that

Why can not it be E


OG explanation is not good, if I do not want to say that the og explanation is zero.

we, students, and even gmat experts have to infer the gmat thinking.

why E is wrong?
there are many pattern in English which is CORRECT BUT NOT PREFERED. This point leads to situation in which a pattern is eliminated but this pattern appear in oa in other sc problem.

between "so....that" there must be adverb

adverb " secretely" should touch "installed, operated" and "in the office"

we can not insert " the recording system" between "so" and "that".

That is my attempt to explain the problem. but, to be honest, in the test room, I can not infer the above thing.
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Re: A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2013, 09:53
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IrinaOK wrote:
26. A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.
(A) A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that
(B) So secret was a recording system installation and operation in the Kennedy Oval Office
(C) It was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(D) A recording system that was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(E) Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that

Why can not it be E


OG explanation is not good, if I do not want to say that the og explanation is zero.

we, students, and even gmat experts have to infer the gmat thinking.

why E is wrong?
there are many pattern in English which is CORRECT BUT NOT PREFERED. This point leads to situation in which a pattern is eliminated but this pattern appear in oa in other sc problem.

between "so....that" there must be adverb

adverb " secretely" should touch "installed, operated" and "in the office"

we can not insert " the recording system" between "so" and "that".

That is my attempt to explain the problem. but, to be honest, in the test room, I can not infer the above thing.


Maybe its just me, but that in e seems to be modifying recording system and not the secretive nature of its operation and installation.

Also read this part and you can see the error.

recording system that even [...] did not know it existed .what's it doing here.

or
recording system that even x did not know existed

Also A is using correct idiomatic expression so x that y.

Hope i have put some light around it :-)
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Re: A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2013, 04:20
Hi,
Can anyone explain why e is incorrect.
I understand that it is in the form of an inverted expression but that too can be acceptable.
I am not able to get a convincing answer even after searching a lot on google as to why E is incorrect.
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Re: A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2014, 06:24
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Hi Akhil,

The so + that combination is used to show cause and effect. 'So' is followed by an adjective or adverb that is the cause of an action, and 'that' is followed by the result. E.g. She was so tired that she went to bed.

Option E says "Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that". Here, the cause and effect relationship is very ambiguous, because the part after 'so' is not immediately followed by the part with 'that'.

Also, note that in option E, 'that' is a relative pronoun: it refers to the noun before it, "recording system," and the meaning doesn't make any sense. In option A, 'that' correctly connects the effect to the cause. ('In the Kennedy Oval Office' is a modifier that can be removed without affecting the grammar of the sentence.)

I hope this helps!

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