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Although schistosomiasis is not often fatal, it is so

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Although schistosomiasis is not often fatal, it is so debilitating that it has become an economic drain on many developing countries.

(A) it is so debilitating that it has become an economic
(B) it is of such debilitation, it has become an economical
(C) so debilitating is it as to become an economic
(D) such is its debilitation, it becomes an economical
(E) there is so much debilitation that it has become an economical
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30 Dec 2005, 23:10
I've choosen A too. It's the OA.

But what speaks against C?
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30 Dec 2005, 23:49
These two idioms are indeed very confusing.

Idiom: So X...that...Y....

Here, the phrase after Y introduces a subordinate clause that modifies X.

E.g. Schistosomiasis is so debilitating that it has become an economic drain

The part in blue obviously modifies schistosomiasis.

Idiom: So X..as to (be) Y

Here, this is used when the characteristic of X is so extreme in the particular case that Y results.

E.g. Bob is so tall as to reach the top shelf
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31 Dec 2005, 03:45
'A' is the best.

Agree with TeHCM on explanation, also, 'economic drain' is good fit here & not 'economical drain'
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31 Dec 2005, 12:18
A - clean
B/D - conjunction error
C - SEE TeHCM's explanation above
E - there doesn't refer to anything in the sentence - PE (pronoun error)
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31 Dec 2005, 12:19
TeHCM wrote:
These two idioms are indeed very confusing.

Idiom: So X...that...Y....

Here, the phrase after Y introduces a subordinate clause that modifies X.

E.g. Schistosomiasis is so debilitating that it has become an economic drain

The part in blue obviously modifies schistosomiasis.

Idiom: So X..as to (be) Y

Here, this is used when the characteristic of X is so extreme in the particular case that Y results.

E.g. Bob is so tall as to reach the top
shelf

Great explanation TeHCM, I am just copying into my notes.
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03 Jan 2006, 23:42
A it is.

Economic drain vs. economical drain

And C is just awkward
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12 Jun 2007, 16:04
rlevochkin wrote:
A it is.

Economic drain vs. economical drain

And C is just awkward

Economical = stingy, thrifty
economic= related to the economy
12 Jun 2007, 16:04
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