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# Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not su

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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

Project SC Butler: Day 26: Sentence Correction (SC2)

Originally posted by seekmba on 15 Aug 2010, 09:54.
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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.

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.
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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
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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 ('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
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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 ('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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02 Dec 2018, 10:36
Bumping up this question as the project butler Question.

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Project SC Butler: Day 26: Sentence Correction (SC2)

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

Choice A, B and C use both "Although" and "But" in single sentence. So eliminate.

(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require - Correct. Concise and clear in meaning.

(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required - Definitely weaker choice in comparison to D above. Not as concise and clear as choice D.

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02 Dec 2018, 14:55
Although is already stating a contrast, the use of But with although is simply redundant so Option A B and C are out

Between C and D
C uses the correct idiom Not so X as Y
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03 Dec 2018, 07:39
Although one link in the chain was demonstrated to be weak, but not sufficiently so to require the recall of the automobile.

"But" should be removed as the meaning is duplicated with "although"

we can simply eliminate (A) (B) (C)

(D) demonstrably weak, it was not so weak as to require
Correct. adverb "demonstrably" correctly modifies adjective "weak". "Not so X as Y" is correct idiom.

(E) demonstrably weak, it was not weak enough that it required
enough to require will be correct.
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03 Dec 2018, 08:25
seekmba wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 26: Sentence Correction (SC2)

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

Official Explanation:

Choices A and C entail ungrammatical constructions because they do not produce a sentence that has a main clause with a subject and a verb. In choice B, demonstrated as weak is unidiomatic; also in choices B and C Although and but should not be used together because only one is needed to express the relationship between the ideas. Choice D is best. Choice E is less concise and idiomatic than D; moreover, it is imprecise to say that one link in the chain (the referent of it) actually required the recall.
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03 Dec 2018, 10:40
First we go for 3-2 leaves us with C,D,E
correct idiom usage " as to require " which is not there in others
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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

Although X ..., but not
This is not a complete sentence IMO. There is no main subject.
The sentence should write: "Although X ..., Y ..."

Eliminate (A), (B), (C) right away.

Between (D) and (E), (D) uses the correct idiom "so ... as to"

Ans: (D)
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