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# Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at

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1. 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
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16 May 2009, 07:54
IMO A

Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from ordinary fluctuations in the weather.
(A) so gradual as to be indistinguishable --> correct structure: so... as to be
(B) so gradual they can be indistinguishable --> unidiomatic
(C) so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished --> turning to passive voice makes the sentence more wordy
(D) gradual enough not to be distinguishable -->unidiomatic
(E) gradual enough so that one cannot distinguish them-->unidiomatic

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18 May 2009, 00:32
Yes, (A). Correct idiom: So ... as to be, -> 'so gradual as to be indistinguishable' is right one.
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29 Jan 2012, 06:39
One important point to remember in this context is:

words 'able' and 'unable' are generally meant to be used to describe people's capacity. and as such, they should not follow passive voice.

good explanation is available here:
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... t5980.html
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