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City dwellers and mental-health experts usually agree that it is the urban environment itself that is the chief breeding ground of emotional ill health; indeed, the viewpoint is that deeply ingrained that is axiomatic
a)
b) deeply enough ingrained that it is an axiom
c) so deeply ingrained as to be axiomatic
d) an axiom it is so deeply ingrained
e) as deeply ingrained as if it were an axiom

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E
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26 Aug 2009, 17:58
first correct answer C is idiomatic
so .... as to be ...
coming to E, unnecessary usage of conditional If
In general If it were construction is used to indicate something that did not happen but author was hoping for it to happen
and in general as... as construction is used with adjectives
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26 Aug 2009, 21:30
I second the reasoning above.

Just an addition:' as if it were 'usage is used when someone hopes(Not definetly true).. In this context the words 'Indeed' and 'is' show something definate.
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27 Aug 2009, 02:25
CasperMonday wrote:
City dwellers and mental-health experts usually agree that it is the urban environment itself that is the chief breeding ground of emotional ill health; indeed, the viewpoint is that deeply ingrained that is axiomatic
a)
b) deeply enough ingrained that it is an axiom
c) so deeply ingrained as to be axiomatic
d) an axiom it is so deeply ingrained
e) as deeply ingrained as if it were an axiom

OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

Can anyone explain why it is not
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E
?
Thank you!

There are two errors in E.
Error 1: "..as if.." is considered unidiomatic in GMAT English.
Error 2: Usage of "..were..". The first part of the sentence is in present tense, so the second part of the sentence should also be in present tense. Also, the sentence is about stating universal truth and must be in present tense.
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27 Aug 2009, 03:58
duttarupam wrote:
CasperMonday wrote:
City dwellers and mental-health experts usually agree that it is the urban environment itself that is the chief breeding ground of emotional ill health; indeed, the viewpoint is that deeply ingrained that is axiomatic
a)
b) deeply enough ingrained that it is an axiom
c) so deeply ingrained as to be axiomatic
d) an axiom it is so deeply ingrained
e) as deeply ingrained as if it were an axiom

OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

Can anyone explain why it is not
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E
?
Thank you!

There are two errors in E.
Error 1: "..as if.." is considered unidiomatic in GMAT English.
Error 2: Usage of "..were..". The first part of the sentence is in present tense, so the second part of the sentence should also be in present tense. Also, the sentence is about stating universal truth and must be in present tense.

Are you sure that "as if" is considered unidiomatic in GMAT?
if so, what is, according to you, the correct answer to this problem http://www.beatthegmat.com/as-vs-like-t22288.html ?
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27 Aug 2009, 12:29
i think....

so is used as intensifier over here

as....as can't be used as intensifier................it is used for comparison
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