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# Researchers hypothesize that granitic soil is the ideal

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Researchers hypothesize that granitic soil is the ideal construction material for the desert tortoise because it is not so hard that it makes burrowing difficult or so soft that it could cause tunnels to collapse.

A. so hard that it makes burrowing difficult or so soft that it could cause
B. hard enough to make burrowing difficult or soft enough as to cause
C. so hard as to make burrowing difficult or soft enough so it causes
D. as hard as to make burrowing difficult or as soft as to cause
E. too hard, making burrowing difficult, nor too soft, so as to cause

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08 May 2006, 11:47
A) it doesn't have a clear referent
B)as to is awkward in this context
C) not parallel
E) so as to is unidiomatic

so D is the only one that survives
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09 May 2006, 02:00
Go with D too.

A. so hard that it makes burrowing difficult or so soft that it could cause
B. hard enough to make burrowing difficult or soft enough as to cause
C. so hard as to make burrowing difficult or soft enough so it causes
E. too hard, making burrowing difficult, nor too soft, so as to cause

The bolded parts do not agree in the above sentences.
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09 May 2006, 04:27
I choose D.....
Not B because not hard enough.....nor should be a correct form....
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09 May 2006, 04:56
I will go with D.

"as to cause" in B seems unidiomatic.

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deowl wrote:
A) it doesn't have a clear referent
B)as to is awkward in this context
C) not parallel
E) so as to is unidiomatic

so D is the only one that survives

"so as to" is not unidiomatic. it is perfectly idiomatic. rather "as .. as to" in D is unidiomatic.

contarary to the aboves, go with A cuz "so.. that" is correct expression..
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09 May 2006, 21:54
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Between A n D...will pick A..for the reason given by professor
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10 May 2006, 00:16
One more for A. Close one between A and B. I would have chosen B if nor had been used instead of or.
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10 May 2006, 01:40
Professor wrote:
deowl wrote:
A) it doesn't have a clear referent
B)as to is awkward in this context
C) not parallel
E) so as to is unidiomatic

so D is the only one that survives

"so as to" is not unidiomatic. it is perfectly idiomatic. rather "as .. as to" in D is unidiomatic.

contarary to the aboves, go with A cuz "so.. that" is correct expression..

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While so as to is indeed perfectly idiomatic in spoken English, it is not so in GMAT English. ETS never uses it in correct answers. One explanation of this is that so as to in most cases can be substituted with to , so , probably, ETS considers this idiom redundant.

I cannot find any reference that "as .. as to" is considered unidiomatic
in formal English. Can you please provide one?
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10 May 2006, 05:08
deowl wrote:
Professor wrote:
deowl wrote:
A) it doesn't have a clear referent
B)as to is awkward in this context
C) not parallel
E) so as to is unidiomatic

so D is the only one that survives

"so as to" is not unidiomatic. it is perfectly idiomatic. rather "as .. as to" in D is unidiomatic.

contarary to the aboves, go with A cuz "so.. that" is correct expression..

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While so as to is indeed perfectly idiomatic in spoken English, it is not so in GMAT English. ETS never uses it in correct answers. One explanation of this is that so as to in most cases can be substituted with to , so , probably, ETS considers this idiom redundant.

I cannot find any reference that "as .. as to" is considered unidiomatic
in formal English. Can you please provide one?

"so as to" perfectly idiomatic in written English. it is nothing wrong in GMAT/ETS/PVAU English. it is also not correct that "ETS never uses it in correct answers". ETS doesn't consider this idiom redundant. you can refer to couple of OG 10th edition for this idiom.

I nevr saw "as .. as to" as idiom. it is my guess/opinion and i still believe so.. i agree iwith "as.....as" but not with "as.........as to".

i will try to provide you more on this, if i have any.
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10 May 2006, 05:26
Professor wrote:

"so as to" perfectly idiomatic in written English. it is nothing wrong in GMAT/ETS/PVAU English. it is also not correct that "ETS never uses it in correct answers". ETS doesn't consider this idiom redundant. you can refer to couple of OG 10th edition for this idiom.

I nevr saw "as .. as to" as idiom. it is my guess/opinion and i still believe so.. i agree iwith "as.....as" but not with "as.........as to".

i will try to provide you more on this, if i have any.

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Please provide an example from OG where so as to is used in correct answer.

Please take a look at Q67 from OG10 and please note its OE.
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10 May 2006, 07:18
Guys...

AS X as to Y is idiomatic
I double checked once again in MGMAT SC Guide.

Moreover, the parallel constructs in all other than D are incorrect. I think this question is about that.
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11 May 2006, 20:52
deowl wrote:
Professor wrote:

"so as to" perfectly idiomatic in written English. it is nothing wrong in GMAT/ETS/PVAU English. it is also not correct that "ETS never uses it in correct answers". ETS doesn't consider this idiom redundant. you can refer to couple of OG 10th edition for this idiom.

I nevr saw "as .. as to" as idiom. it is my guess/opinion and i still believe so.. i agree iwith "as.....as" but not with "as.........as to".

i will try to provide you more on this, if i have any.

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Please provide an example from OG where so as to is used in correct answer.

Please take a look at Q67 from OG10 and please note its OE.

sure deowl, i will provide that when i find it. i have seen this usage many time.....

btw, what is OA? and OE too..
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12 May 2006, 07:58
was going with B, but changed my mind, D looks convincing, parallel. If the ans is A then this is a tough one.
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12 May 2006, 19:33
Professor wrote:
deowl wrote:
Professor wrote:

"so as to" perfectly idiomatic in written English. it is nothing wrong in GMAT/ETS/PVAU English. it is also not correct that "ETS never uses it in correct answers". ETS doesn't consider this idiom redundant. you can refer to couple of OG 10th edition for this idiom.

I nevr saw "as .. as to" as idiom. it is my guess/opinion and i still believe so.. i agree iwith "as.....as" but not with "as.........as to".

i will try to provide you more on this, if i have any.

Prof.

Please provide an example from OG where so as to is used in correct answer.

Please take a look at Q67 from OG10 and please note its OE.

sure deowl, i will provide that when i find it. i have seen this usage many time.....

btw, what is OA? and OE too..

"so as to" usage is indeed faulty on GMAT. The correct usage is of the following form.
"so imprcise as to be confusing".
Also, refer to SCs 88, 103 in OG10 for some more information.
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14 May 2006, 07:39
vivek123 wrote:
"so as to" usage is indeed faulty on GMAT. The correct usage is of the following form.
"so imprcise as to be confusing".
Also, refer to SCs 88, 103 in OG10 for some more information.

thanx vivek for providing the link. i couldn't do so cuz i didn't have OG with me..

the idiom "so as to" means "so x as to y".

jzchina, its not good practice to not to post OA and OE on time.
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15 May 2006, 14:07
D. makes a logical comparison. "[as hard as to make burrowing difficult or as soft as to cause"

B is wrong because the comparison is wrong "hard enough to make burrowing difficult or soft enough as to cause". the "as" breaks the logical comparison.
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A is wrong because does not respect the comparative form. If you add "not" in the second part of the comparison, the structure will be logical. "because it is not so hard that it makes burrowing difficult or not so soft that it could cause tunnels to collapse.
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OA is A... had this on my practice exam.

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OA is A... had this on my practice exam.

Any help???

Check out this link. It has good explanation provided by a Kaplan-GMAT instructor.
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