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# In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen

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In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled so as to marry Anne Boleyn.
(A) so as to marry
(B) and so could be married to
(C) to be married to
(D) so that he could marry
(E) in order that he would marry

I want some help to understand why C is wrong. You can say it is passive. But it is not the
reason given by OG.
In OG it says "The infinitive must be preceded by a conjunction ( in order ). "To marry" is preferable to wordier "to be married to" ".
I cannot crack this.

In 1527 King Henry VIII decided to marry Anne Boleyn - OK
In 1527 King Henry VIII he divorced Queen Catherine to marry Anne Boleyn - OK [ I hope ]

But why I cannot say:
In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled to marry Anne Boleyn.

Why ( according to OG ) I have to say:
In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled in order to marry Anne Boleyn.

I am missing something here.

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07 Feb 2009, 11:59
It is the meaning in an option that makes it right or wrong.
Also, option C makes the sentence awkward.
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27 May 2010, 08:42
(D) so that he could marry is more preferable than (C) to be married to .....meaning wise. On the other hand avoid 'to be' in GMAT.
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31 May 2010, 15:09
Hi SudiptoGmat, I know that "so as" is always wrong on GMAT but what do you mean by this......"on the other hand avoid 'to be' in GMAT."

"so" + adjective + "as {to}" + verb - is the correct form
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01 Jun 2010, 12:08
So as to is valid idiom but there should be an adjective between so and as. 'to be' is not always wrong but in most of the cases it should be avoided if we have any other better option.
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07 May 2011, 15:46
Nobody has answered the specific question of Gmatavenue, why does the OG say that, in choice C, "in order" is necessary?

Most of us know that "in order" can be omitted.

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In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled so as to marry Anne Boleyn.
(A) so as to marry
(B) and so could be married to
(C) to be married to
(D) so that he could marry
(E) in order that he would marry

I want some help to understand why C is wrong. You can say it is passive. But it is not the
reason given by OG.
In OG it says "The infinitive must be preceded by a conjunction ( in order ). "To marry" is preferable to wordier "to be married to" ".

To be married to is unidiomatic. Though we use it often, it should be avoided. 'To marry' is slightly different in meaning from 'so that he could'. So that he could marry means that the annulment of earlier marriage allowed him to marry Anne Boleyn.
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In OG it says "The infinitive must be preceded by a conjunction ( in order ). "To marry" is preferable to wordier "to be married to" ".

The OG provides two alternatives to the choice C

1. in order to be married to (even this is little awkward); to be married to is unidiomatic
2. to marry; this is concise and idiomatically correct.

However, both these sentences do not appear in any of the answer choices. Also they alter the meaning of so that he could marry.
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02 Aug 2011, 00:08
A thumb rule that I follow is an infinitive must always have the form to+verb; in this case, this rule is violated.
D is the correct answer - it uses the idiomatic form X so that Y
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so ..as to
so ....that

Both idioms are correct
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29 Aug 2012, 13:39
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Nobody has answered the specific question of Gmatavenue, why does the OG say that, in choice C, "in order" is necessary?

Most of us know that "in order" can be omitted.

Thanks!

Hi,

I still can NOT understand why "to be married to" is wrong.
The King sought to have his marriage annulled to be married to A.B. - why is this wrong.
Doesn't it mean the same as the following sentence:
The King sought to have his marriage annulled to get married to A.B. Is this sentence correct/better than the one above (to be married one)?

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21 Dec 2012, 21:07
I got everything but C is clearly changing the meaning. He is a king what does it mean " so that he could marry". Though the usage of as so is wrong, I am not sure that it gives the same meaning. Can anyone make it clear for me?

I am trying to say that the sentence does not give me the idea that he should get divorced before get married to Anne.
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In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled so as to marry Anne Boleyn.
(A) so as to marry
(B) and so could be married to
(C) to be married to
(D) so that he could marry
(E) in order that he would marry

King Henry VIII sought to have the annulment in order to marry Anne Boleyn. That is the meaning of the sentence. There should be a continuity in the sentence and the act of annulment and marrying another woman should not be taken as disconnected events. Thus, (B) is wrong because of its usage of "and"

(E) is eliminated because of its wrong construction of "in order to"
(A) is also eliminated because the correct usage is So X as to Y
(C) is obviously awkward

Answer: (D) so that he could marry
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in "so that" and "in order that" clause , subjuctive mood is required , and, so, only "may,might, can, could+infinitive" is used. "would do" is incorrect in "so that", and "in order that" clauses

this case is called quasi-subjuctive mood.
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Hi

In GMAT, 'so that ' is always prefferd over 'so as'. This helps to eliminate A.
B is awkward
E is wrong in using 'in order that' instead of 'in order to'
C is wrong beacuse the construction is awkward and passive.

B can be the second choice after D.

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> What I noticed is below. The issue is between A & D .

Q:-In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled so as to marry Anne Boleyn.

(A) so as to marry - This choice is ambiguous and suggests two statements.

1.He himself is not marrying Anne but to marry Anne to someone else he annulled.
2.He himself is marrying Anne

(D) so that he could marry - Unambiguously tells that King annulled so that he himself could marry Anne
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18 Feb 2017, 01:35
Hi mikemcgarry and other experts
although I picked up D, I have no idea why A is incorrect.
What's the difference between "so as to" and "so that"

OE makes me confusing as well.
So as to marry is not idiomatically correct; it does not identify who will marry

Why so as to is not idiomatically correct, why it does not identify who will marry, IMO, it does identify King Henry VIII

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Chilldowngmat wrote:
I got everything but C is clearly changing the meaning. He is a king what does it mean " so that he could marry". Though the usage of as so is wrong, I am not sure that it gives the same meaning. Can anyone make it clear for me?

I am trying to say that the sentence does not give me the idea that he should get divorced before get married to Anne.

In C, it is not clear what "to be.." refers to. It is an ambiguous sentence construction.

In D, "so that" tells us in the proper way why the previous marriage is annulled.
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20 Feb 2017, 10:53
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Hi mikemcgarry and other experts
although I picked up D, I have no idea why A is incorrect.
What's the difference between "so as to" and "so that"

OE makes me confusing as well.
So as to marry is not idiomatically correct; it does not identify who will marry

Why so as to is not idiomatically correct, why it does not identify who will marry, IMO, it does identify King Henry VIII

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How are you, my friend? I'm happy to respond.

I assume you know about the Magoosh GMAT Idiom flashcards.

This is a tricky one. Choice (A) is very good---if (D) didn't exist, I could imagine that (A) could be a right answer. This is a rare case of an official question having an incorrect answer that is so good.

Version (A):
In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled so as to marry Anne Boleyn.
This is 100% grammatically correct. I think the rhetorical emphasis on the subject makes it clear who will do the marrying. Let's say this one is 90% clear.

If we didn't mention the queen, that would be 100% correct:
Version (A1):
In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage annulled so as to marry Anne Boleyn.
Now, that's 100% clear, but poor Queen Catherine of Aragon was ignored.

Version (D):
In 1527 King Henry VIII sought to have his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled so that he could marry Anne Boleyn.
This is also 100% clear, absolutely no ambiguity imaginable, and we get to keep the queen. This is win-win.

Choice (A) is not wrong. Choice (A) is very strong, AND it is not as good as Choice (D), which is above all reproach. Once again, it is rare that an official question has this pattern.

Does all this make sense? Have a good day!
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