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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 10th Edition, 2003

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Question No.: SC 105
Page: 668

An inventory equal to 90 days sales is as much as even the strongest businesses carry, and then only as a way to anticipate higher prices or ensure against shortages.

(A) as much as even
(B) so much as even
(C) even so much as
(D) even as much that
(E) even so much that
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(A) As much as even - 'as much as' is correct idiom; the right choice
(B) so much as even - ‘so much as’. So much as is usable in negative expressions
(C) even so much as - same as B; The word even is misplaced
(D) even as much that - as much that –wrong idiom ‘ any comparison started with as should be ended with as in comparisons; even is is misplaced
(E) even so much that - so much that - wrong idiom in this context. So much should be completed with as in comparisons; even is misplaced

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I go with 'A'.

as much as <Idiomatic Expression >

My take : Even the strongest business can hold an inventory upto 90 days sale worth of inventory.By doing so they can ensure shortages and anticipate higher prices..
it is describing an industry standard of how much a strongest business can/will hold.
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10 Jul 2009, 15:56
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WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
An inventory equal to 90 days sales is as much as even the strongest businesses carry, and then only as a way to anticipate higher prices or ensure against shortages.
(A) as much as even
(B) so much as even
(C) even so much as
(D) even as much that
(E) even so much that

- wat's exactly d meaning of this sentence..?? cud any1 plz explain tht also.

sorry I myself understand the whole meaning of the sentence ... but I am picking my answer choice

'so much as ' is wrong idiom. it has to be 'not so much as' --> eliminates B and C.
' as much that' and 'so much that' are wrong idioms so D and E are gone.

A wins.
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10 Jul 2009, 15:57
ugimba wrote:
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
An inventory equal to 90 days sales is as much as even the strongest businesses carry, and then only as a way to anticipate higher prices or ensure against shortages.
(A) as much as even
(B) so much as even
(C) even so much as
(D) even as much that
(E) even so much that

- wat's exactly d meaning of this sentence..?? cud any1 plz explain tht also.

sorry I myself couldn't get the whole meaning of the sentence ... but I am picking my answer choice

'so much as ' is wrong idiom. it has to be 'not so much as' --> eliminates B and C.
' as much that' and 'so much that' are wrong idioms so D and E are gone.

A wins.
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25 Jul 2009, 07:52
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ugimba wrote:
ugimba wrote:
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
An inventory equal to 90 days sales is as much as even the strongest businesses carry, and then only as a way to anticipate higher prices or ensure against shortages.
(A) as much as even
(B) so much as even
(C) even so much as
(D) even as much that
(E) even so much that

- wat's exactly d meaning of this sentence..?? cud any1 plz explain tht also.

sorry I myself couldn't get the whole meaning of the sentence ... but I am picking my answer choice

'so much as ' is wrong idiom. it has to be 'not so much as' --> eliminates B and C.
' as much that' and 'so much that' are wrong idioms so D and E are gone.

A wins.

I think 'so much as' is correct idiom. Can someone confirm this?
http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic12427.html
Still feel B as a strong contender after my searches. Please pour in your logic
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joshofnsit wrote:
I think 'so much as' is correct idiom. Can someone confirm this?
http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic12427.html
Still feel B as a strong contender after my searches. Please pour in your logic

The examples given in the link are using 'not so much as'.

The correct idiom is 'as much as'
Negated form of 'as much as' is 'not so much as'

'so much as' without 'not' is not an idiom.
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Very tricky ,

An inventory equal to 90 days sales is as much as even the strongest businesses carry, and then only as a way to anticipate higher prices or ensure against shortages.

(i)as much is referring =(equal to)
(ii) and is joining two segments which should be parallel.

(A) Wins
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14 Jul 2012, 22:43
i think some shortcuts may work............such as

so........as is used, when the sentence is negative according to comparative degree formate
as..........as is used, when the sentence is positive according to comparative degree formate

and comparison never be only one them as or so......so it needs to have with as with as/so: as much as, so much as

for e.g.
i have as many pens as you have
not
i have as many books that you have

all are easily eliminite except a- despite this rule, a is correct in parallelism structure

It may help........
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I think "so much as" in option B should not be evaulated as an idiom. Thats
not the point in question.

Sentence should be evaluated in two parts;

- in the first part; "90 days sales is so much" higlights the excess
turnover days of inventory.

- in the second part; as is used for comparison; comparison with "even the
"

Introducing "can" between business and carry might fix option B as correct choice.
Since "can" is not present, A stands the best.
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19 Jan 2014, 02:55
sudeep wrote:
joshofnsit wrote:
I think 'so much as' is correct idiom. Can someone confirm this?
http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic12427.html
Still feel B as a strong contender after my searches. Please pour in your logic

The examples given in the link are using 'not so much as'.

The correct idiom is 'as much as'
Negated form of 'as much as' is 'not so much as'

'so much as' without 'not' is not an idiom.

Hi Sundeep,
I think you are wrong in saying that 'so much as' is not an idiom. It is actually an idiom which is used as 'but rather' or to tell the extent of something. Check this link.
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/so+much+as
In this question, now I am not able to understand as why option (b) is wrong as 'as much as' is used for comparisions and I don't think any comparisions are made here.
Please if anyone could explain it in details.
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@Shoumik

The meaning of the sentence is: Even the best companies carry a minimum quantity of merchandise goods that will last for 90 days’ sales, based on average sales in the past, in order to gain from any wind-fall price increases or for meeting any product shortages. Less efficient companies may be required to hold even more stocks at any given time. If any company holds lower stocks, it may not benefit from unexpected price gains or may suffer from product shortages
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06 Mar 2014, 03:44
Sometimes it helps me to rephrase the sentence in a reverse order. I used this trick for this question.

"Even the strongest businesses carry as much inventory as equal to 90 day sales"

'as much as ' is the right comparison here.

I think 'so much ..as..' will have to be followed by an adverbial clause.

as much .. as ..can be followed by <noun/noun phrase> ('as' is acting as a preposition)
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31 Mar 2015, 01:44
(B) so much as even => Incorrect because "So...as" is used for negative sentense
(C) even so much as => Same with B
(D) even as much that => Wrong idiom
(E) even so much that => So...That is right idiom, but E is wrong, regarding to the meaning. Moreover, the sentence must follow "THAT"
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techyrajeev wrote:
An inventory equal to 90 days sales is as much as even the strongest businesses carry, and then only as a way to anticipate higher prices or ensure against shortages.
(A) as much as even
(B) so much as even
(C) even so much as
(D) even as much that
(E) even so much that

The correct idiom is "as much as"
Keeping this in mind, we can strike out all the options apart from A.
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12 Jan 2017, 05:05
Hi Gmatclub experts, i tried many times but cannot understand the meaning of this question. please help me. thanks a lot.
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12 Jan 2017, 10:40
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Hi Gmatclub experts, i tried many times but cannot understand the meaning of this question. please help me. thanks a lot.

Ignore the second part "and then only as a way to anticipate higher prices or ensure against shortages." - it is a grammatical disaster.
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Sachinrpat wrote:
Hi Sayantan,

Please help me to understand whether "so much xxx as" or "so much as" is correct idiom in GMAT world?
In this sentence somehow i am unable to understand how "as much as" is correct.

Sachin

"NOT so much... as" is correct. ( in a negative sentence). Both the above usages are alright.
I am not so much eager as you think I am.
I am eager, but not so much as you think I am.

"As much...as" is used in a positive sentence.
I am as much eager as you think I am.
I am eager, as much as you think I am.
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16 Mar 2019, 00:31
daagh sayantanc2k why even should preceed the strongest businesses ?
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16 Mar 2019, 06:01
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daagh sayantanc2k why even should preceed the strongest businesses ?
Because the sentence wants to emphasize the word strongest.

Flip the sentence and read it like this:
Even the strongest businesses do not carry an inventory of more than 90 days sales. -> This means that no business carries an inventory of more than 90 days sales.

If we dropped the even, the sentence would no longer be as inclusive as before:
The strongest businesses do not carry an inventory of more than 90 days sales. -> This makes it sound as if something else is possibly applicable to businesses other than the strongest businesses.
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