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The category 1 to 5 rating known as the Saffir-Simpson [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2007, 16:07
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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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Re: MGMAT SC [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2007, 18:17
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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


Correct idioms associated with "potential"

potential TO <VERB>
potential FOR <NOUN>

So A,C are out.

Correct idiom associated with "determined"

is "determined by".

So B out.

Remaining D and E

In E ...so high as is not correct..It should be "as...high..as"

D remains....
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2007, 19:12
X enough to Y is used when X is the criteria by which an ability to achieve Y is measured.

..so X as to Y is used when the characteristic X is so extreme in the particular case that Y results.

(MGMAT SC Book)

I'm inclined to go with E.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2007, 19:27
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X enough to Y is used when X is the criteria by which an ability to achieve Y is measured.

..so X as to Y is used when the characteristic X is so extreme in the particular case that Y results.

(MGMAT SC Book)

I'm inclined to go with E.


Very nice! Answer is E. I picked D for this.

My CAT gives the explanation you just did, but where is this explanation in the MGMAT SC Book???
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 15:21
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Very nice! Answer is E. I picked D for this.

My CAT gives the explanation you just did, but where is this explanation in the MGMAT SC Book???


Page 110 in the 'Idioms' chapter
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 20:15
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Very nice! Answer is E. I picked D for this.

My CAT gives the explanation you just did, but where is this explanation in the MGMAT SC Book???


Page 110 in the 'Idioms' chapter


I see the idiom listed but no actual explanation...
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 04:56
You probably dont have the 2007 edition.

It's listed under the heading:

'X enough to Y' Vs. 'So X as to Y' (page 110)
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Re: MGMAT SC [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 08:14
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
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


Clear E.

'potential to' & 'determined by' are the correct idioms.

In this case 'high enough' changes the meaning of the sentence (to mean that category 5 is the criteria) therefore incorrect.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 08:24
Giovanni_IT wrote:
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Very nice! Answer is E. I picked D for this.

My CAT gives the explanation you just did, but where is this explanation in the MGMAT SC Book???


Page 110 in the 'Idioms' chapter


Which source you ppl are referring to??
Could you pls share with others :)

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 17:13
For those who are still confused between D & E.

original sentence:.......a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as to blow away small buildings.......

D:....... a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough to blow away small buildings.........

E:........a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as to blow away small buildings.......

original sentence and E says, a category 5 storm has wind speed so extreme that it actually can blow away small buildings.Focus here is on the consequences of high wind speed.

whereas D says, a cat 5 storm has wind speed so high that it is able to blow away small buildings.Here focus is on the wind speed's ability to blow away small buildings.

hope the point is clear.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 20:48
Giovanni_IT wrote:
You probably dont have the 2007 edition.

It's listed under the heading:

'X enough to Y' Vs. 'So X as to Y' (page 110)


Ah thanks. Ive never noticed this before.

I never paid attention to this b/c I thought it was more garbage talk about the spot extraction method.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 20:52
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Giovanni_IT wrote:
You probably dont have the 2007 edition.

It's listed under the heading:

'X enough to Y' Vs. 'So X as to Y' (page 110)


Ah thanks. Ive never noticed this before.

I never paid attention to this b/c I thought it was more garbage talk about the spot extraction method.


thanks giovanni. yes also agreed with that awful "spot-extract-replace" strategy method
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Plesae clear my confusion [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 12:56
I have a question here...why not B.
Seems perfectly correct to me?
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Re: MGMAT SC [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 14:50
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
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


E. nedd "to destroy" with potential.

"high enough..." is not idiomatic where as "so x as to y...." is.
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