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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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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2006, 15:19
E is the most idiomatic.


So .. that
distinguish X from Y
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2006, 16:44
:-( none of them!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2006, 18:16
"gradual enough" is not so appealing.

I will go with A.

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2006, 07:31
A is my answer

so gradual is appropriate ... plus so as to idiomatic

gradual enough changes the meaning ...

b and c are wordy .
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Re: SC: Climatic Shifts [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2006, 08:29
Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from ordinary fluctuations in the weather.

#6 from Kaplan 800 (pg. 201) - for vertical comparison

Scientists have created a new substance that is so transparent as to be almost invisible.

Surely Kaplan modified this SC this from some official source, so I guess we can bank on the ...X is so Y as to be Z... idiomatic construction.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2006, 17:12
yea ...believe in so X as to be Y

certainly read it somewhere bfore...

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2006, 19:47
Raghavender wrote:
yea ...believe in so X as to be Y

certainly read it somewhere bfore...


MGMAT SC, thats where you probably saw it :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2006, 01:48
This SC is testing the construction:

so X as to be Y

Only A is suitable here.

However, note that "so as to" is unidiomatic.

The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and under the floors so as to warm up the rooms.

A. so as to warm up the rooms
B. and so would be able to warm up the rooms
C. to warm the rooms up
D. so that they could warm up the rooms
E. in order that they would warm up the rooms

D is correct.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 11:20
the OA is A
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Re: SC: Climatic Shifts [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 17:59
GMATT73 wrote:
Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from ordinary fluctuations in the weather.

#6 from Kaplan 800 (pg. 201) - for vertical comparison

Scientists have created a new substance that is so transparent as to be almost invisible.

Surely Kaplan modified this SC this from some official source, so I guess we can bank on the ...X is so Y as to be Z... idiomatic construction.


excellent addition to this post.

"she was so tall as to reach the top shelf"
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2007, 01:27
You think that "indistinguishable at first" sounds good?

I would go for E :(
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2007, 02:19
Answer is 'A'

So X as to be Y is the correct idiom used.
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