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31 Mar 2011, 00:20
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Lot of information about SO X AS TO BE Y in above links - 214 A, 219 d
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21 Oct 2013, 11:17
mikemcgarry wrote:
LucyDang wrote:
Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from ordinary fluctuations in the weather.

(A) so gradual as to be indistinguishable
(B) so gradual they can be indistinguishable
(C) so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished
(D) gradual enough not to be distinguishable
(E) gradual enough so that one cannot distinguish them

Questions:
1. Which option is correct?
2. What's the difference among A, D and E?

Dear Lucy,
I'm happy to help.

You may find this blog helpful.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom ... nsequence/

The correct idioms include
"such [a noun] that ..."

Here ----
(A) correct, and a particularly elegant phrasing
(B) the word "that" is missing, so this is, in GMAT-terms, unacceptable
(C) grammatically correct, but awkward, wordy, and indirect; rewording to introduce the passive voice is not desirable
(D) not a correct idiom --- we need one of the idioms of consequence listed above ----
(E) grammatically correct, but awkward, wordy, and indirect; no reason to rephrase to introduce the indefinite pronoun "one"
Technically, (A) & (E) are both grammatically and idiomatically correct, and both say the same thing --- it's just that (A) says it far more elegantly, whereas (E) is roundabout and awkwardly wordy. Choice (D) would pass in American colloquial English, but it's not formal enough for GMAT standards --- it doesn't follow one of the formally recommended idioms for this situation.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

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When to use 'be' as a verb?
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21 Oct 2013, 11:40
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Hi Mike,
When to use 'be' as a verb?

Dear kulkarnios
I'm happy to respond.

To some extent, your question has a tautological element: you see, "be" is a verb, and can't be used as anything except a verb! Your real question, though, is: when is "be" part of an acceptable GMAT construction? Well, many cases: I don't think I could list them all.

One thing I'll say is: "be" can used as an auxiliary verb, so it appears in the correct formulation of several tenses. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/auxiliary- ... -the-gmat/

It is also used in a number of idioms. See the free GMAT idiom ebook:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/

To some extent, it depends very much on the individual construction --- what the sentence is trying to say, and what the most efficient and direct way to say this is. For example, in this particular sentence, it happens that the phrase "so as to be indistinguishable" is the shortest and most elegant way to express that idea. It's hard to give a general rule for what the most elegant solution will be --- it depends on the particularity of the sentence.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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22 Oct 2013, 20:22
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mikemcgarry wrote:
LucyDang wrote:
Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from ordinary fluctuations in the weather.

(A) so gradual as to be indistinguishable
(B) so gradual they can be indistinguishable
(C) so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished
(D) gradual enough not to be distinguishable
(E) gradual enough so that one cannot distinguish them

Questions:
1. Which option is correct?
2. What's the difference among A, D and E?

Dear Lucy,
I'm happy to help.

You may find this blog helpful.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom ... nsequence/

The correct idioms include
"such [a noun] that ..."

Here ----
(A) correct, and a particularly elegant phrasing
(B) the word "that" is missing, so this is, in GMAT-terms, unacceptable
(C) grammatically correct, but awkward, wordy, and indirect; rewording to introduce the passive voice is not desirable
(D) not a correct idiom --- we need one of the idioms of consequence listed above ----
(E) grammatically correct, but awkward, wordy, and indirect; no reason to rephrase to introduce the indefinite pronoun "one"
Technically, (A) & (E) are both grammatically and idiomatically correct, and both say the same thing --- it's just that (A) says it far more elegantly, whereas (E) is roundabout and awkwardly wordy. Choice (D) would pass in American colloquial English, but it's not formal enough for GMAT standards --- it doesn't follow one of the formally recommended idioms for this situation.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

I got it, thank you so much, Mike!!
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22 Oct 2013, 20:46
Mike, your article is very useful! Thank you!
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16 Jun 2015, 02:12
OA should be A :gradual as to be indistinguishable

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18 Jun 2015, 00:11
Hi,

I am not sure about the idiom part. To my knowledge the idiom is So X as to Y.

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... 13028.html

I chose D and here are my 2 cents:

The meaning of the sentence is that the major economic shift is very very slow. So slow that its fluctuations are hardly noticable.

A) so gradual as to be indistinguishable
B) so gradual so that they can be indistinguishable
C) so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished
D) gradual enough not to be distinguishable
E) gradual enough so that one cannot distinguish them

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18 Jun 2015, 08:00
Moderators could you please edit the OA. The OA is A and not D in the following links. Also it is shown as A in Souvik's SC compilation and not D.

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22 Jun 2015, 21:59
So what is the correct answer to this?...i picked 'A' and was shocked to see 'D'.
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07 Feb 2019, 12:00
Does anyone know where these questions came from? Are they official questions?
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