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Although schistosomiasis is not often fatal, it is so debilitating

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Hi x2suresh,

Thank you for your question. Here is how I tackled this question, starting with a quick glance over each answer to find obvious differences.

The first thing I noticed is a common vocabulary issue that shows up in GMAT questions: economic vs. economical. They mean two different things, so let's decide which one we should use:

Economic = dealing with the economy
Economical = being thrifty; spending less money

Based on their definitions and the original meaning, we should only keep answers that use "economic" because the sentence is talking about the economy, not thriftiness. Therefore, we can rule out answers B, D, & E.

Now we're left with answers A & C. Let's look at what's different about each:

(A) it is so debilitating that it has become an economic drain
This is the CORRECT answer because it uses the word "economic" correctly, and it uses parallel structure.

(C) so debilitating is it as to become an economic
This one is INCORRECT because this is not the proper idiomatic structure to show cause & effect, and it also sounds incredibly awkward.
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So ...as to is a correct idiom on GMAT! Yet the option C just changes meaning because it has no "drain".
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