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# The category 1 to 5 rating known as the Saffir-Simpson

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The category 1 to 5 rating known as the Saffir-Simpson [#permalink]  30 Jun 2007, 18:49
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The category 1 to 5 rating known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale provides an estimate of a hurricane’s potential of destroying or damaging property, and is primarily determined from wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as to blow away small buildings, completely destroy mobile homes, and cause severe window and door damage.
A) of destroying or damaging property, and is primarily determined from wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
B) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined from wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough
C) of destroying or damaging property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
D) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough
E) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
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D.

"determined by" is the proper idiom, and "so high as to" is not idiomatic either.
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provides ...to destroy or ...

and

so X as to Y is the correct idiom.
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OA little later, more discussion required between D and E
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D) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough
E) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as

both (D) and (E) use the same idioms.

b/w "high enough" and "so high as"....i prefer the later.

Going with (E)
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sidbidus wrote:
D) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough
E) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as

both (D) and (E) use the same idioms.

b/w "high enough" and "so high as"....i prefer the later.

Going with (E)

so X as to Y is the correct idiom no doubt..
where X=adjective and Y=verb, and correctly used here..
but wy do we need to eliminate option "D"..? can someone explain plz..!

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I think between D and E there is a subtle change in meaning. In D high enough means speeds just enough to blow away ....

In E so high as to means that speeds can be higher than what is reqd to blow away...

Just my 2 cents. I feel it is E. On D day too tough to catch these subtleties
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it seems like it is D

determined by - correct idiom

the winds speeds were high enough seems to be the correct usage in this case

"so high as to" implies that it does destroy buildings etc however we just need to know that it is capable of destroying buildings etc. the winds are high enough to destroy buildings

not the winds are so high as to destroy buildings
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OA is E.

OE is given below. So X as to Y is used when stress is on X whereas X is enough to Y is used when stress is on Y

there is a subtle distinction between the idiom "so x as to y" and “x is enough to y.” The original sentence uses the idiom "so x as to y" to indicate that characteristic x is so extreme in the particular case that y results. In contrast, the idiom "x is enough to y" is used when x is the criteria by which an ability to achieve y is measured. Thus, if a sentence stated that "a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough to blow away small buildings," this would convey a different meaning: that wind speeds are the criteria by which one measures the ability to blow away small houses.
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Re: SC - Simpson Hurricane [#permalink]  06 Jun 2011, 23:42
This one is tough. I chose D but OA is E
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Re: SC - Simpson Hurricane [#permalink]  07 Jul 2011, 10:26
I choose D as well .
I see nothing wrong with D . Infact i dont agree with the OE. so X as to Y is not a correct idiom , If i remember correctly from OG 11 .

I believe this is a MGMAT CAT question and and they have removed this from their CATs because its ambiguous .

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/post17021.html
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Re: The category 1 to 5 rating known as the Saffir-Simpson [#permalink]  12 Feb 2014, 04:04
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