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Many economists believe that indexing private pension [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 23:40
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Many economists believe that indexing private pension befefits to the inflation rate would be <u>so prohibitively expensive that it would </u> destroy the private pension system.
a. so prohibitively expensive that it would
b. so prohibitively expensive as to
c. of such prhoibitive expense thta it would
d. of such prohibitive expense as to
e. prohibitivly expensive, and as such it would

I dont have the OA. Lets see what the majority is with ...
IMO A
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Re: indexing private pension [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 23:56
I also think its A but I not sure of the explanation.

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Re: indexing private pension [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 06:34
I narrowed to A and B as both the options have correct idioms.

But I think A is more parallel because of 'would' and 'would'

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so [adjective] as to [verb]....both are idioms.
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Re: indexing private pension [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 06:40
Me up for A too...not sure of the explanation.

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Re: indexing private pension [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2010, 23:41
IMO B... Please let me know the OA???
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Re: indexing private pension [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2010, 14:06
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Hey everyone,

Nice discussion here, and I really like seekmba's point that both "so X that Y" and "so A as to B" are valid idioms. We can't so much pick a right answer because it has a right idiom; we can only eliminate those answers that we know to be wrong.


This question looks to be a paraphrase of a few Official Guide questions so it may have its own explanation, but I'd be shocked if the answer isn't B. Looking at the differences between A and B, A has potential errors in that it:

-Includes the pronoun "it", which could conceivably add some lack-of-clarity; does it refer to "indexing"? (it should) To "the inflation rate"? Maybe even "benefits"? It should go back to "indexing", but the pronoun has at least the potential to cause confusion.

-Again with "it", I could be wrong but "indexing" really should be used as a verb here, so that would mean that we're using a pronoun to refer back to something that is not a noun; if that's true, then A is definitely wrong.

-A is also longer with a redundant "would" (if we're proposing a cause/effect relationship and the cause is conditional, the effect really has to be, as well) and more words overall; if you can't find a flaw with B and A says the same thing, just wordier, you should tend toward the shorter answer.


So like I said, the combination of those three (and #2 may be more airtight now that I think about it) is enough for me to eliminate A, especially because, in comparison, B doesn't have any flaws.

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Re: indexing private pension [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2010, 18:43
Picked A first, but agree with Brian that it should be B. so...as is correct idiom and it in A is BAD:)

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Re: indexing private pension [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2010, 19:27
yeah I saw "it" there and i was like "hmmm...."

A sounds better but my gut is telling me to go with B. I hate it when that happens on the GMAT because it just makes you more nervous about what the hell they are actually testing you. Clarity or grammar.....clarity or grammar....

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