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# Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak,

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Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.

(A) demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require
(B) demonstrated as weak, but it was not sufficiently so that it required
(C) demonstrably weak, but not sufficiently so to require
(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require
(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required
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24 Jan 2011, 05:26
IMO, the approach to this problem should be to eliminate the ungrammatical ones first. A coordinating conjunction such as ‘but’ does require a clause after that, as many have pointed out. So whether meaning is changed or not changed, choices A and C have to be kicked out first, for using just a phrase after the ‘but

I would like to stress another factor then, which seems to be missing in the discussions.

What is the reference of the pronoun ‘it’ in the two places in each of the choices B and E. Agreed the first ‘it’ refers to the subject ‘one link’, but the second one has no referent. One might argue that the second ‘it’ simply holds a filler value or a place value. But to use one and the same pronoun in the same sentence in two different senses, is clumsy and improper. So I think, B and E deserve to be rejected. This leaves D as the best of the lot, without the controversy of the second pronoun 'it' and with a right idiom.
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link in the chain is weak....correct

link in the chain demonstrated to be weak.....incorrect

so [adjective] as to [verb]....is the correct form.

'demonstrably' is an adverb and can modify adjective [weak]

Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.
(A) demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require
(B) demonstrated as weak, but it was not sufficiently so that it required
(C) demonstrably weak, but not sufficiently so to require - 'although' and 'but' is incorrect
(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so [weak] as to [require] - CORRECT
(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required - wordy

Originally posted by jitgoel on 07 Sep 2012, 12:21.
Last edited by Bunuel on 13 May 2018, 10:11, edited 3 times in total.
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07 Sep 2012, 12:23
jitgoel wrote:
Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.
(A) demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require
(B) demonstrated as weak, but it was not sufficiently so that it required
(C) demonstrably weak, but not sufficiently so to require
(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require
(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required

I am very much confuse in usage of "so .... as" can some one explain on it....
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07 Sep 2012, 12:39
jitgoel wrote:
jitgoel wrote:
Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.
(A) demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require
(B) demonstrated as weak, but it was not sufficiently so that it required
(C) demonstrably weak, but not sufficiently so to require
(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require
(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required

I am very much confuse in usage of "so .... as" can some one explain on it....

Jit - 'So A as to B..' is generally used denote cause & effect relation . But it cannot be used as a substitute for 'in order to'.
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07 Sep 2012, 14:33
Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.
(A) demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require ('to be' is unidiomatic).
(B) demonstrated as weak, but it was not sufficiently so that it required ('demonstrated as' is idiomatically correct; however, 'it was not...' is wordy).
(C) demonstrably weak, but not sufficiently so to require (need the idiom 'as to require')
(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require (correct idiom of 'as to require')
(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required (slightly wordy with extra 'it')
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08 Sep 2012, 22:22
ChrisLele wrote:
Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.
(A) demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require ('to be' is unidiomatic).
(B) demonstrated as weak, but it was not sufficiently so that it required ('demonstrated as' is idiomatically correct; however, 'it was not...' is wordy).
(C) demonstrably weak, but not sufficiently so to require (need the idiom 'as to require')
(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require (correct idiom of 'as to require')
(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required (slightly wordy with extra 'it')

Thanks Chris for the explaination. Can you let me know how shall I mug up al the IDIOM. is there any method for it?
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08 Sep 2012, 23:00
ChrisLele wrote:
Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.
(A) demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require ('to be' is unidiomatic).
(B) demonstrated as weak, but it was not sufficiently so that it required ('demonstrated as' is idiomatically correct; however, 'it was not...' is wordy).
(C) demonstrably weak, but not sufficiently so to require (need the idiom 'as to require')
(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require (correct idiom of 'as to require')
(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required (slightly wordy with extra 'it')

Hi Chris.

Both option D & E are having "it". So how are we exactly eliminating option E. Is it on the basis of tense used requires vs required?
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09 Sep 2012, 04:20
ChrisLele wrote:
Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.
(A) demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require ('to be' is unidiomatic).
(B) demonstrated as weak, but it was not sufficiently so that it required ('demonstrated as' is idiomatically correct; however, 'it was not...' is wordy).
(C) demonstrably weak, but not sufficiently so to require (need the idiom 'as to require')
(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require (correct idiom of 'as to require')
(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required (slightly wordy with extra 'it')

Hi Chris,

I think usage of sufficiently is not correct in the sentences A,B and C .. therefore we can reduce our choices to D and E ....
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