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GMAT SC - Although coffee is not usually considered a drug,

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Although coffee is not usually considered a drug, it is so addictive that it has become a critical part of breakfast for many people.
A it is so addictive that it has become a critical
B it is of such addiction, it has become a critical
C so addicting is it as to become a critical
D such is its addiction, it becomes a critical
E there is so much addiction that it has become a critical

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Let us look at the answer options --

Option A - Correct answer

Uses the idiom -- "so + Adjective + that" -- correctly.

Option B - Incorrect

"it [=coffee] is of such addiction" -- does not make any sense.
"it is of such addiction, it has become a critical" -- two complete clauses connected by a comma. Run-on sentence. We need a "that" to connect these two.

Option C - Incorrect

"addicting" -- I do not think this is standard usage. The correct usage is "addictive".
This option uses an inverted structure. We can rewrite this as -

"It is so addicting as to become a critical part of breakfast for many people" -- this implies that it is very addicting; in fact so addicting that it can become a critical part of breakfast for many people.
But this does not tell us whether it has indeed become the part of their breakfast.

Contrast this with -- "it is so addictive that it has become a critical part of the breakfast for many people". Here we are certain that coffee has indeed become part of breakfast for many people.

Option D - Incorrect

"addiction to coffee" is much better than "coffee's [=its] addiction" (this does not make sense).
"coffee becomes a critical part of breakfast for many people" -- Use of simple present does not make sense. We need a tense that conveys that this trend started in the past and its impact is felt event today. Present perfect "has become" should be used.

Option E - Incorrect

"there is so much addiction" -- where? in which? Not clear.
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