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A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.


(A) A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that

(B) So secret was a recording system installation and operation in the Kennedy Oval Office

(C) It was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office

(D) A recording system that was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office

(E) Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that

Originally posted by IrinaOK on 02 Sep 2007, 15:49.
Last edited by Bunuel on 20 Dec 2018, 02:08, edited 3 times in total.
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Hi Akhil,

The so + that combination is used to show cause and effect. 'So' is followed by an adjective or adverb that is the cause of an action, and 'that' is followed by the result. E.g. She was so tired that she went to bed.

Option E says "Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that". Here, the cause and effect relationship is very ambiguous, because the part after 'so' is not immediately followed by the part with 'that'.

Also, note that in option E, 'that' is a relative pronoun: it refers to the noun before it, "recording system," and the meaning doesn't make any sense. In option A, 'that' correctly connects the effect to the cause. ('In the Kennedy Oval Office' is a modifier that can be removed without affecting the grammar of the sentence.)

I hope this helps!

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You absolutely right seekmba. This question tests you on 'so' idioms, which are frequently tested on the SC!


The 'so' idiom that is in play here is

so+adjective/adverb+that+clause (subject + verb) --> expresses cause and result!


Example: He was so hungry that he stopped at Burger King. / They ran so fast that they were out of breath by the time they got there.

Note: You can start with the descriptive word too! Ex: So hungry was he that he stopped....

Other 'so' idioms that the SC likes to mess with:

so that --> meaning "in order to"
Ex.I must practice so that I will be prepared for the competition.

not so... as --> inequality comparison
Ex. Tom is not so tall as Joe.

so+adjective1..... as to (be + adjective2)
Ex. The politician's statement was so vague as to be ambiguous.
NOTE! This idiom does NOT express cause and result! It is used to STRENGTHEN A DESCRIPTION.
Incorrect: I must practice so as to be prepared for the competition.

In other words, DON'T MIX UP THESE IDIOMS! THEY ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE


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The idiom is so X that Y.

only A fits the bill.
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Hi,
Can anyone explain why e is incorrect.
I understand that it is in the form of an inverted expression but that too can be acceptable.
I am not able to get a convincing answer even after searching a lot on google as to why E is incorrect.
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The OE in question pack says that

In Option(C) pronoun reference is ambiguous.

However, I do not see any pronoun ambiguity in that option as the case with option(A).

Can anyone highlight the pronoun ambiguity in option (C).
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(C) It was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office

In option C, reference of pronoun it is not clear.
It is not a place holder. it is interrupted by idiom so... that therefore that clause can not replace it.

If I say it= Plan
Plan was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office (Plan make sense)

But we can not infer exactly what should be the antecedent of It.
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Hi,
Can anyone explain why e is incorrect.
I understand that it is in the form of an inverted expression but that too can be acceptable.
I am not able to get a convincing answer even after searching a lot on google as to why E is incorrect.


If you are not sure about an inverted sentence, just flip it.

E:
Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.

Flip it:
A recording system that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed was installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office.

The flipped version definetely changes the intended meaning.

The original sentence use "so ... that ...." idiom, putting emphasis on "intstalled and operated secretly" and surprizing us with "even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed"

The flipped version uses "even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed" just to modify "a recording system"

That is why E is wrong.
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Hi,
Can anyone explain why e is incorrect.
I understand that it is in the form of an inverted expression but that too can be acceptable.
I am not able to get a convincing answer even after searching a lot on google as to why E is incorrect.

I realize that you posted this back in 2013, but I wanted to fully answer this question not for you but for other students who may be wondering the same thing.

Yes, it is possible to invert the normal sentence order in English, but there are specific rules about how this is accomplished. Let's examine a simple sentence:

I have never been so insulted in my life.

The key to the inversion is the adverb, which I have placed in bold for clarity. The adverb must be moved to the front of the sentence, and the subject and auxiliary verb must be inverted.

Never have I been so insulted in my life.

Here are some additional examples.

Standard: I am rarely late for class.
Inverted: Rarely am I late for class.

Standard: I had scarcely sat down when the phone rang.
Inverted: Scarcely had I sat down when the phone rang.

The adverb can be replaced with an adverbial phrase as in the examples below:

Standard: You should on no account sign this contract without a lawyer.
Inverted: On no account should you sign this contract without a lawyer.

Standard: John is so tall that he can touch the ceiling.
Inverted: So tall is John that he can touch the ceiling.

Accordingly the standard and inverted form of the referenced sentence is:

A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy White House that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.

So secretly installed and operated was a recording system in the Kennedy White House that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.

Therefore, Choice E, which does not start with the adverb so, cannot be the best answer. It is true that the subject and verb have been inverted, but this has been inexpertly done, and the correct meaning and form have been lost.
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A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.

(A) A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that
(B) So secret was a recording system installation and operation in the Kennedy Oval Office
(C) It was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(D) A recording system that was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office
(E) Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that

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A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that even Theodore C. Sorensen, the White House counsel, did not know it existed.
(A) A recording system was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office that
(B) So secret was a recording system installation and operation in the Kennedy Oval Office - Can recording system itself be secret?
(C) It was so secret that a recording system was installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office : Change meaning
(D) A recording system that was so secretly installed and operated in the Kennedy Oval Office.....??Theodore C
(E) Installed and operated so secretly in the Kennedy Oval Office was a recording system that : What was operated and installed secretly? Is it kennedy or system
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