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Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from ordinary fluctuations in the weather.

(A) so gradual as to be indistinguishable
(B) so gradual they can be indistinguishable
(C) so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished
(D) gradual enough not to be distinguishable
(E) gradual enough so that one cannot distinguish them
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03 Oct 2005, 17:58
I'm going with D on this one. Most concise choice.
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03 Oct 2005, 19:26
I pick (A).

(A) doesn't look perfect, but is the best here.
(B) "so A that B" is the correct usage. (B) lacks 'that'.
(C) "be able(unable) to" is used only for active subjects such as people.
(D) I'm not sure, but "enough not to" sounds awakard.
(E) "enough so that" is unidomatic.
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03 Oct 2005, 22:08
Here, 'gradual' modifies 'climatic shift', which is a noun. Hence 'gradual', as an adjective, should be used as in choice C.
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03 Oct 2005, 22:42
C. The GMAT nearly always favors the active voice, even if it involves a natural phenomenon. Additionally, so...that... is idiomatic.
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04 Oct 2005, 16:43
Between C and D , I go for C as it sounds more idiomatic.
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