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Goethe's talents as a poet, painter, and dramatist were so diverse they inspired his many fans to refer to him as the "giant of Weimar."

A. so diverse they inspired
B. so diverse as to inspire
C. as diverse as those which inspired
D. diverse enough so as to inspire
E. as diverse as to inspire

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13 Oct 2018, 05:43
Goethe's talents as a poet, painter, and dramatist were so diverse they inspired his many fans to refer to him as the "giant of Weimar."

A. so diverse they inspired
B. so diverse as to inspire
C. as diverse as those which inspired
D. diverse enough so as to inspire
E. as diverse as to inspire

The idiom is so x as to y

B is correct.

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13 Oct 2018, 08:12
As far as I know, OG considers the construction "so X as to Y" wordy and awkward.

See, for example, SC question #212 in GMAT OG 2018 Verbal.

I would choose A.
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13 Oct 2018, 08:49
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alexkozhura wrote:
As far as I know, OG considers the construction "so X as to Y" wordy and awkward.

See, for example, SC question #212 in GMAT OG 2018 Verbal.

I would choose A.

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13 Oct 2018, 09:12
Sure. Here's the question:

The treasury market dropped in response to a decrease in the value of the dollar and to continued concern that the economy might be growing as fast as to accelerate inflation and drive interest rates higher.
A. that the economy might be growing as fast as
B. that the economy might be growing fast enough
C. with the economy’s possibly growing so fast as
D. with the possibility of the economy growing fast enough so as
E. with the possibility of the economy possibly growing fast enough

And here's the OG's explanation of the correct answer (emphasis is mine):

A. As fast as is not the correct idiom.
B. Correct. The possible condition is expressed succinctly using the modal verb might, and idioms are used correctly.
C. Concern with is not the correct idiom; the phrases economy’s possibly growing and so fast as to are wordy and awkward.
D. Concern with is not the correct idiom; the phrase possibility of the economy growing fast enough so as to is wordy and awkward.
E. Concern with is not the correct idiom; possibility and possibly are unnecessarily and awkwardly repetitive.
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13 Oct 2018, 09:52
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Goethe's talents as a poet, painter, and dramatist were so diverse they inspired his many fans to refer to him as the "giant of Weimar."

A. so diverse they inspired(correct construction is so x as to y)they referring to talents is also not correct.
B. so diverse as to inspire(correct construction)
C. as diverse as those which inspired(as x as construction is not correct)
D. diverse enough so as to inspire(same as in A)
E. as diverse as to inspire(same as in C)

Choice B is correct.
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13 Oct 2018, 10:03
alexkozhura wrote:
Sure. Here's the question:

The treasury market dropped in response to a decrease in the value of the dollar and to continued concern that the economy might be growing as fast as to accelerate inflation and drive interest rates higher.
A. that the economy might be growing as fast as
B. that the economy might be growing fast enough
C. with the economy’s possibly growing so fast as
D. with the possibility of the economy growing fast enough so as
E. with the possibility of the economy possibly growing fast enough

And here's the OG's explanation of the correct answer (emphasis is mine):

A. As fast as is not the correct idiom.
B. Correct. The possible condition is expressed succinctly using the modal verb might, and idioms are used correctly.
C. Concern with is not the correct idiom; the phrases economy’s possibly growing and so fast as to are wordy and awkward.
D. Concern with is not the correct idiom; the phrase possibility of the economy growing fast enough so as to is wordy and awkward.
E. Concern with is not the correct idiom; possibility and possibly are unnecessarily and awkwardly repetitive.

Hi alexkozhura

I agree that concern with is unidiomatic and answer choice C in the example provided actually changes the meaning.

I'm including another link where it actually addresses the concern that so x as to y is correct.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/idiom-use-so ... 20549.html

From the example that you shared the answer choice is in this form adjective/adverb + enough + infinitive.

Fast + enough + to accelerate.
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13 Oct 2018, 10:27
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Hi Salsanousi,

I agree that "so X as Y" is the best option. The book this question has been taken from (Verbal Workout for the GMAT) also lists B as the correct answer. Choice A misses "that".
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