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

(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 taht one cannot distinguish them

Wouldn't the correct idiom be "so...that..."?
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11 Jul 2007, 13:03
misterJJ2u wrote:
Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from orginary fluctuations in the weather.

(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 taht one cannot distinguish them

Wouldn't the correct idiom be "so...that..."?

its clearly between A and C. I choose C over A first for "so........that" reason.

But I later realized that "Climatic shifts are unable to be distinguished" doesnot make sense to me. "they can be indistinguishable" makes more sense.

So A is my choice though it has "so as to", which is less common than "so .......that".
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11 Jul 2007, 13:17
so...as to what follows will always be a verb
so...that what follows will always be a noun
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11 Jul 2007, 13:51
so...as to and so...that are all correct idioms.
The only thing is to know when to use which.
what follows so...as to will always be a verb.
example: The design of the robot is so smart as to satisfy the constraints.

what follows so...that will always be a noun.
example: The design of the robot is so smart that the constraints are satisfied.
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11 Jul 2007, 15:17
eileen1017 wrote:
so...as to and so...that are all correct idioms.
The only thing is to know when to use which.
what follows so...as to will always be a verb.
example: The design of the robot is so smart as to satisfy the constraints.

what follows so...that will always be a noun.
example: The design of the robot is so smart that the constraints are satisfied.

thanx for more clearification.

but both idioms are correctly used in terms of what follows what, right?
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11 Jul 2007, 16:01
misterJJ2u wrote:
Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from orginary fluctuations in the weather.

(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 taht one cannot distinguish them

Wouldn't the correct idiom be "so...that..."?

they are two different idioms..
so..that
so X as to (be) Y

Here A is better than C because C is just mouthful.
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11 Jul 2007, 16:42
We've established that it is either A or C.

C is too wordy "they are unable to be distinguished" when A only uses "indistinguishable"

Basically the same meaning, only A does it in 1 word whereas C uses multiple words.
11 Jul 2007, 16:42
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