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# Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies

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10 Mar 2018, 19:50
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Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns more capitalistic every day.

1. lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns
2. want business experience so profoundly that it will be years before they can compete in a global marketplace which turns
3. have such a lack of business experience that it will take years before these countries are competing in a global marketplace turning
4. are so lacking in business experience as to take years before these countries do compete in a global marketplace which is turning
5. are so lacking in business experience that it will take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace turning

Can someone take a look at this question?

I narrowed the choice between 1 and 5. I think choice 1 is using the "so...as to" correctly. And choice 2 is using the "so... that" correctly.

Correct answer is 5, but I'm not sure why. The explanation that was provided states that "This is an idiom error that causes take to be an incorrect verb tense without a proper subject". But on choice 5, "it" seems ambiguous. Is the "it" supposed to be a placeholder "it"?
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11 Mar 2018, 03:54
Why isn???t A right?? Please explain

Thanks
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Re: Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies  [#permalink]

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11 Mar 2018, 07:36
Vasa056 wrote:
Why isn???t A right?? Please explain

Thanks

Hi ,

It is not right because 'so' is always followed by 'that'. But here, the argument uses "as to" which is incorrect.

Hope it helps ,?

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11 Mar 2018, 07:39
jooyoung99 wrote:
Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns more capitalistic every day.

1. lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns
2. want business experience so profoundly that it will be years before they can compete in a global marketplace which turns
3. have such a lack of business experience that it will take years before these countries are competing in a global marketplace turning
4. are so lacking in business experience as to take years before these countries do compete in a global marketplace which is turning
5. are so lacking in business experience that it will take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace turning

Can someone take a look at this question?

I narrowed the choice between 1 and 5. I think choice 1 is using the "so...as to" correctly. And choice 2 is using the "so... that" correctly.

Correct answer is 5, but I&#39;m not sure why. The explanation that was provided states that "This is an idiom error that causes take to be an incorrect verb tense without a proper subject". But on choice 5, "it" seems ambiguous. Is the "it" supposed to be a placeholder "it"?

Hello,

'it' is not ambiguous. Let us take an example of a sentence.

Eg - I was so nervous during the test that it took me a while to calm down my nerves.

Hope it helps [GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]

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Re: Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies  [#permalink]

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11 Mar 2018, 09:01
SonalSinha803 wrote:
Vasa056 wrote:
Why isn???t A right?? Please explain

Thanks

Hi ,

It is not right because 'so' is always followed by 'that'. But here, the argument uses "as to" which is incorrect.

Hope it helps ,?

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That's not correct. There are two correct idioms. "So (adjective)" as to "(verb)" and "So (adjective) that (subject) (verb)".
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Re: Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies  [#permalink]

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11 Mar 2018, 09:04
SonalSinha803 wrote:
jooyoung99 wrote:
Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns more capitalistic every day.

1. lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns
2. want business experience so profoundly that it will be years before they can compete in a global marketplace which turns
3. have such a lack of business experience that it will take years before these countries are competing in a global marketplace turning
4. are so lacking in business experience as to take years before these countries do compete in a global marketplace which is turning
5. are so lacking in business experience that it will take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace turning

Can someone take a look at this question?

I narrowed the choice between 1 and 5. I think choice 1 is using the "so...as to" correctly. And choice 2 is using the "so... that" correctly.

Correct answer is 5, but I&#39;m not sure why. The explanation that was provided states that "This is an idiom error that causes take to be an incorrect verb tense without a proper subject". But on choice 5, "it" seems ambiguous. Is the "it" supposed to be a placeholder "it"?

Hello,

'it' is not ambiguous. Let us take an example of a sentence.

Eg - I was so nervous during the test that it took me a while to calm down my nerves.

Hope it helps [GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]

Sent from my Lenovo K53a48 using GMAT Club Forum mobile app

I understand that "It" is used as a placeholder subject. But at the same time, using your example, you can write this:
I was so nervous during the test as to took a while to calm down my nerves.
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Re: Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies  [#permalink]

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11 Mar 2018, 22:46
Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns more capitalistic every day.

1. lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns
-- Wong because of idiomatic so.....that construction error.
2. want business experience so profoundly that it will be years before they can compete in a global marketplace which turns
--Illogical meaning. Original sentence doesnt say they want anything. Its about their curent state that is fact.
3. have such a lack of business experience that it will take years before these countries are competing in a global marketplace turning
--misplace are verb. Again from original sentece we dont know whether they are competeing in market right now or now. SO it changes the meaning of original sentence
4. are so lacking in business experience as to take years before these countries do compete in a global marketplace which is turning
--so....that construction error
5. are so lacking in business experience that it will take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace turning
--correct one because so...that construction has been corrected. Turning correctly modified "global marketplace".
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Re: Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies  [#permalink]

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09 Apr 2018, 12:29
jooyoung99 wrote:
SonalSinha803 wrote:
jooyoung99 wrote:
Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns more capitalistic every day.

1. lack business experience so profoundly as to take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace that turns
2. want business experience so profoundly that it will be years before they can compete in a global marketplace which turns
3. have such a lack of business experience that it will take years before these countries are competing in a global marketplace turning
4. are so lacking in business experience as to take years before these countries do compete in a global marketplace which is turning
5. are so lacking in business experience that it will take years for these countries to compete in a global marketplace turning

Can someone take a look at this question?

I narrowed the choice between 1 and 5. I think choice 1 is using the "so...as to" correctly. And choice 2 is using the "so... that" correctly.

Correct answer is 5, but I&#39;m not sure why. The explanation that was provided states that "This is an idiom error that causes take to be an incorrect verb tense without a proper subject". But on choice 5, "it" seems ambiguous. Is the "it" supposed to be a placeholder "it"?

Hello,

'it' is not ambiguous. Let us take an example of a sentence.

Eg - I was so nervous during the test that it took me a while to calm down my nerves.

Hope it helps [GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]

Sent from my Lenovo K53a48 using GMAT Club Forum mobile app

I understand that "It" is used as a placeholder subject. But at the same time, using your example, you can write this:
I was so nervous during the test as to took a while to calm down my nerves.

The change does not make much sense, infact it is grammatically incorrect atleast for this sentence.

However, another error in the option 1 is "for these countries"....it is grammatically incorrect.

So...as to..might be correct but sometimes it also depends on the sentence and the meaning it wants to convey.

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Re: Citizens of countries just beginning to institute market economies   [#permalink] 09 Apr 2018, 12:29
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