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At one time, the majestic American chestnut was so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could jump from tree to tree without once touching the ground between New York State and Georgia.

(A) so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could
(B) so prevalent that a squirrel was said that it could
(C) so prevalent for a squirrel to be said to be able to
(D) prevalent enough that it was said a squirrel could
(E) prevalent enough for a squirrel to be said to be able to
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Explanation:

A) Correct. Sentence is precise and idiomatically correct.
B) "a squirrel was said" does not have any logical meaning -- a squirrel cannot be said something. "that ... that" construction is awkward.
C) "so ... for" is idiomatically incorrect. Correct idiom is "so ... that".
D) "prevalent enough" is redundant. "prevalent enough that" is structurally incorrect ... there is no reference for "that". "enough that" is incorrect expression -- correct form is "enough ... to".
E) "prevalent enough" is redundant. "enough for" is incorrect expression -- correct form is "enough ... to". Sentence is wordy and awkwardly structured.

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First thing to adress: the idiom.

"so ... that" is the correct one: out C. "prevalent enough" is just unidiomatic and awkward, we can eliminate also D and E.

It's between A and B
(A) so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could
(B) so prevalent that a squirrel was said that it could

"squirrel was said" is clearly wrong: How can a squirrel be said? A is clear, coincise: the winner.

Does this make sense, doe007?
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At one time, the majestic American chestnut was so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could jump from tree to tree without once touching the ground between New York State and Georgia.

(A) so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could
(B) so prevalent that a squirrel was said that it could
(C) so prevalent for a squirrel to be said to be able to
(D) prevalent enough that it was said a squirrel could
(E) prevalent enough for a squirrel to be said to be able to


Correct Answer should be A

Accepted Usage is so...........that

A) Idiomatic Usage, clear meaning. so prevalent that it was said x could .........
B) Changes the intended meaning. squirrel itself didn't say anything.
C) unidiomatic usage so........for. Repeats the mistake made in Choice B.
D) Unidiomatic usage enough that
E) incorrect and wordy structure

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Zarrolou wrote:
"prevalent enough" is just unidiomatic and awkward..........


Dear Zarrolou,

I think we can form an idiomatic sentence** with prevalent enough, although this sentence would not have the meaning same as that of original sentence.

At one time, the majestic American chestnut was prevalent enough for a squirrel to jump from tree to tree without once touching the ground between New York State and Georgia.

** Reference :- List of Idioms - Manhattan SC Guide 4th ed.

Pls correct me, if i am wrong somewhere.

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"Prevalent" means "most frequent" or "very common".
To me, "most frequent enough" or "very common enough" does not make sense.
The word "prevalent" is self-sufficient and the expression "prevalent enough" seems odd to me.

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it is said that...
means
people said that...

there is no patterns

something/somebody is said that...

is my thinking correct? pls, confirm

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Answer explanation is posted right after the question. Link to the answer is: at-one-time-the-majestic-american-chestnut-was-so-prevalent-152712.html#p1224391

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Hi Zarrolou, what you wrote that makes sense perfectly. Thank you for your contribution. :)
I Apologize as I missed your question before.

Zarrolou wrote:
First thing to adress: the idiom.

"so ... that" is the correct one: out C. "prevalent enough" is just unidiomatic and awkward, we can eliminate also D and E.

It's between A and B
(A) so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could
(B) so prevalent that a squirrel was said that it could

"squirrel was said" is clearly wrong: How can a squirrel be said? A is clear, coincise: the winner.

Does this make sense, doe007?

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Narenn, Thank you for your contribution. Your explanation is very nice. Only one thing I would like say is that "a squirrel was said" means somebody said something to a squirrel -- it does not mean squirrel said something. :)

Narenn wrote:
Correct Answer should be A

Accepted Usage is so...........that

A) Idiomatic Usage, clear meaning. so prevalent that it was said x could .........
B) Changes the intended meaning. squirrel itself didn't say anything.
C) unidiomatic usage so........for. Repeats the mistake made in Choice B.
D) Unidiomatic usage enough that
E) incorrect and wordy structure

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vietmoi999 wrote:
it is said that...
means
people said that...

there is no patterns

something/somebody is said that...

is my thinking correct? pls, confirm

In the expressions like "it is said that ... ", "it is my pleasure ...", "it has been ....", "it" does not need to refer to something specifically. These constructions are idiomatic and we do not need to replace "it" by "people".

On the other hand, expression like "it is sufficient" is incorrect (or incomplete) as "it" need to have a reference here.

Normally the expression "it is said that" is used to refer to a very old saying or hearsay origin of which is untraceable.

I hope I could reply to your question. In case you intended to know something else, please let me know.

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At one time, the majestic American chestnut was so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could jump from tree to tree without once touching the ground between New York State and Georgia.

(A) so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could - Correct
(B) so prevalent that a squirrel was said that it could - the clause "a squirrel was said that it could" does not make logical sense ; usage of said that is incorrect
(C) so prevalent for a squirrel to be said to be able to - awkward
(D) prevalent enough that it was said a squirrel could - usage of prevalent enough is incorrect
(E) prevalent enough for a squirrel to be said to be able to - usage of prevalent enough is incorrect

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doe007 wrote:
At one time, the majestic American chestnut was so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could jump from tree to tree without once touching the ground between New York State and Georgia.

(A) so prevalent that it was said a squirrel could
(B) so prevalent that a squirrel was said that it could
(C) so prevalent for a squirrel to be said to be able to
(D) prevalent enough that it was said a squirrel could
(E) prevalent enough for a squirrel to be said to be able to


The correct idiomatic construction "So x that y"

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