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103. Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city's economy that becomes
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city's economy that becomes
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city's economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

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In E Lacking is used as a noun rather than as a verb and made parallel to becoming which is a verb is that correct ??

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103. Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to
absorb them into a city economy becoming
ever more dependent on information-based industries.
(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy
becoming Meaning. Their lack of math skills does not directly cause the difficulty.
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city's economy that
becomes "Large enough" changes the meaning of the sentence. There is no threshold implied.
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city's economy that becomes "So...as" is incorrect. Should be "so...that"
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city's economy becoming "So...as" is incorrect. Should be "so...that"
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming Ok
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A - such a large degree as - wrong idiom used
B/C - that becomes - changes the meaning as in it is not happening now as we speak.
D - So X ... as to be - wrong idiom

Lacking is right in E as it speaks of something that is happening now or an ongoing action and hence the present participle.

IMO E.
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17 Mar 2012, 05:13
E is the winner.

A classic idiom problem. such...as... vs so...that... . such...as... is generally wrong to when used to indicate extremity
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17 Mar 2012, 07:09
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E is the winner.

A classic idiom problem. such...as... vs so...that... . such...as... is generally wrong to when used to indicate extremity

"are so lacking" doesn't sound unidiomatic?
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17 Mar 2012, 12:46
YEah now i can see that
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23 Mar 2012, 15:15
E is the correct answer in my opinion
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23 Mar 2012, 20:14
E really sounds horrid

Can some one explain why E is correct ?
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23 Mar 2012, 21:39
Agree OA is E for reasons above.... on a side note does anyone think the change from city economy to city's economy should be considered a change of meaning?
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05 Jun 2012, 18:14
i recognized the idioms and chose E but at the last moment i changed my answer to D because E uses "city economy" instead of "city's economy". Can you explain this
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This one is pretty clear cut. Obviously B/C/D don't work. As per your question regarding A, A does not work because of the "as to" usage. E is super.
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22 Aug 2012, 12:05
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A - such a large degree as - wrong idiom used
B/C - that becomes - changes the meaning as in it is not happening now as we speak.
D - So X ... as to be - wrong idiom

Lacking is right in E as it speaks of something that is happening now or an ongoing action and hence the present participle.

IMO E.

such a large degree as........it is correct idiom by the way. The only reason I feel that A is incorrect is being wordier.
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24 Aug 2012, 11:49
E is the answer. 'lack in' is the correct idiom and lacking is a verb and not a noun
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A good way to determine between (A) and (E) is to look at the verbiage:

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree VS. (E) are so lacking in math skills that

The latter (so...that) is far more concise and is the idiomatic way to express "to such a large degree" without directly stating it.

Therefore, (A) is wordy and (E) it is!
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24 Aug 2012, 13:16
Chris can you tell me whether the change from city economy to city's economy should be a cause for concern. One more reason of choosing E is keeping the intended meaning, i.e..keeping city economy.
Moreover what is the level of this question? below 30?
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103. Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to
absorb them into a city economy becoming
ever more dependent on information-based industries.
(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy
becoming
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city's economy that
becomes
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city's economy that becomes
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city's economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

I didn't choose E because of pronoun ''them''.
I thought ''them'' can refer back to either ''math skills'' or ''students'',
therefore ''them'' in E is an ambiguous pronoun. Can someone explain why ''them''
is considered correct in E?

Another question, ''so....as to'' in D is not accepted by GMAT as correct idiom ?
is this the reason why D is not chosen ?
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22 Oct 2012, 01:26
Thanks for all. I like this thread
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06 Dec 2012, 23:44
"to such degree that"

is not idiomatic. finished

is my thinking correct?
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103. Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to
absorb them into a city economy becoming
ever more dependent on information-based industries.
(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy
becoming
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city's economy that
becomes
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city's economy that becomes
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city's economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

[b]I didn't choose E because of pronoun ''them''.
I thought ''them'' can refer back to either ''math skills'' or ''students'',
therefore ''them'' in E is an ambiguous pronoun. Can someone explain why ''them''
is considered correct in E?

[color=#ff0000]I have the same doubt as stated above by my fellow friend !!!

Anyone can state a thumb rule for pronoun antecedent as I have a lot of confusion in that
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17 Dec 2012, 11:24
E

I chose E because A seems to modify the math skills, rather than the students. Is this a correct approach?
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