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# During the bronze sculpture boom of the late 1950s, more than 20 tons

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During the bronze sculpture boom of the late 1950s, more than 20 tons of bronze were shipped to the SoHo district of Manhattan so as they might sculpt countless bronze statues, busts, abstract shapes, and whimsical figurines.

A. so as they might sculpt
B. in order that they might be sculpted into
C. so that there could be sculpted
D. for the sculpting of
E. such that they could be sculpted into

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Re: During the bronze sculpture boom of the late 1950s, more than 20 tons  [#permalink]

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During the bronze sculpture boom of the late 1950s, more than 20 tons of bronze were shipped to the SoHo district of Manhattan so as they might sculpt countless bronze statues, busts, abstract shapes, and whimsical figurines.

At first glance, this could be a a "so as....to", ambiguous "they", or "might" verb issue kind of question.

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A. so as they might sculpt

"So as...to" is the idiom I know. Even if it was "so as...", that's not the meaning the sentence is trying to convey. It's more like: we ship bronze to make sculptures.

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B. in order that they might be sculpted into

Better than A, but the idiomatic phrase is "in order...to...".

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C. so that there could be sculpted

What is "there" referring to?

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D. for the sculpting of

Not terrible. Would prefer the action form though.

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E. such that they could be sculpted into

"Such that they" isn't the right usage. Also, such that [bronze] could be sculpted into countless bronze statues is too much 'bronze;...and unnecessary.

Of all the answer choices, D is the better one.
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Re: During the bronze sculpture boom of the late 1950s, more than 20 tons   [#permalink] 12 Mar 2019, 16:06