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Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first fro

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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

Originally posted by RaviChandra on 16 Mar 2010, 06:05.
Last edited by Bunuel on 03 Jun 2019, 02:56, edited 2 times in total.
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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
"so gradual as to ..."
"so gradual that ..."
"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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Climatic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from ordinary fluctuations in the weather.

(A) so gradual as to be indistinguishable
ANSWER: This uses the idiom correctly. "So gradual as to be indistinguishable" is correct. We can say "His work is so famous as to be a cliché."

(B) so gradual they can be indistinguishable
PROBLEM: We need something after "gradual" to segue here. For example "that" or "as".

(C) so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished
PROBLEM: No reason to use the passive voice on "distinguished", because we don't know who is doing the distingushing. Also, "they are unable" makes it sound like they're TRYING to be distinguished, and can't do it.

(D) gradual enough not to be distinguishable
PROBLEM: There's no reason to use "enough" here. It marks a subtle shift in meaning. We want to emphasize that shikts are so gradual that we can't tell the difference between them and ordinary fluctuations. This version, with "enough", makes it sound very direct, as if there's some level of "gradual-ness" that makes shifts indistinguishable from ordinary fluctuations. Finally, putting the not in there instead of the word "indistinguishable" confuses things. It would be weird to say "I am tired enough not to be able to stay awake on my feet" as opposied to "I am tired enough to fall asleep on my feet".

(E) gradual enough so that one cannot distinguish them
PROBLEM: Even worse than above. We still have enough, but we've also added an unnecessary pronoun ("one")
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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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1. Which option is correct?
2. What's the difference among A, D and E?
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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
"so gradual as to ..."
"so gradual that ..."
"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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New post 21 Oct 2013, 12:40
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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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