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Although coffee is not usually considered a drug, it is so addictive

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Although coffee is not usually considered a drug, it is so addictive that it has become a critical part of breakfast for many people.


(A) it is so addictive that it has become a critical

(B) it is of such addiction, it has become a critical

(C) so addicting is it as to become a critical

(D) such is its addiction, it becomes a critical

(E) there is so much addiction that it has become a critical
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Let us look at the answer options --

Option A - Correct answer

Uses the idiom -- "so + Adjective + that" -- correctly.

Option B - Incorrect

"it [=coffee] is of such addiction" -- does not make any sense.
"it is of such addiction, it has become a critical" -- two complete clauses connected by a comma. Run-on sentence. We need a "that" to connect these two.

Option C - Incorrect

"addicting" -- I do not think this is standard usage. The correct usage is "addictive".
This option uses an inverted structure. We can rewrite this as -

"It is so addicting as to become a critical part of breakfast for many people" -- this implies that it is very addicting; in fact so addicting that it can become a critical part of breakfast for many people.
But this does not tell us whether it has indeed become the part of their breakfast.

Contrast this with -- "it is so addictive that it has become a critical part of the breakfast for many people". Here we are certain that coffee has indeed become part of breakfast for many people.

Option D - Incorrect

"addiction to coffee" is much better than "coffee's [=its] addiction" (this does not make sense).
"coffee becomes a critical part of breakfast for many people" -- Use of simple present does not make sense. We need a tense that conveys that this trend started in the past and its impact is felt event today. Present perfect "has become" should be used.

Option E - Incorrect

"there is so much addiction" -- where? in which? Not clear.
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Re: Although coffee is not usually considered a drug, it is so addictive  [#permalink]

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Although coffee is not usually considered a drug, it is so addictive that it has become a critical part of breakfast for many people.


(A) it is so addictive that it has become a critical

(B) it is of such addiction, it has become a critical

(C) so addicting is it as to become a critical

(D) such is its addiction, it becomes a critical

(E) there is so much addiction that it has become a critical


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When used as an intensifier ‘so’ is applied to adjectives while the intensifier ‘such’ is applied to an adjective and a noun. For example, you can say ‘such a hot day’ or ‘the day was so hot’. B is therefore incorrect as it does not fit this pattern. The correct adjective is addictive not addicting as used in C. D is not a complete sentence. E changes the meaning. The correct option, A, emphasizes that coffee is so addictive. E loses this emphasis.
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