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James Watt did not invent the steam engine—versions existed

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James Watt did not invent the steam engine—versions existed since the early eighteenth-century—but Watt added a condenser, and this improvement made the engine so efficient and powerful that it became available for widespread industrial use.

A. this improvement made the engine so efficient and powerful that it became
B. this improvement made the engine of such efficiency and power, it would become
C. so efficient and powerful it was that this improvement made the engine, that it became
D. such was the efficiency and power caused by this improvement, it has become
E. there was so much efficiency and power in this improvement that it became

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IMO A seems okay. Will explain if I am correct.
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IMO A seems okay. Will explain if I am correct.

Why you are letting others decide. Why not you explain either way. In the end its your test. I say always put explanation on Gmat club. Only two things will happen this way. either you will be correct or you will learn something. I encourage you to give a try.
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James Watt did not invent the steam engine—versions existed since the early eighteenth-century—but Watt added a condenser, and this improvement made the engine so efficient and powerful that it became available for widespread industrial use.

A. this improvement made the engine so efficient and powerful that it became - CORRECT
B. this improvement made the engine of such efficiency and power, it would become - the second clause is an independent clause whereas it should be a subordinate clause.
C. so efficient and powerful it was that this improvement made the engine, that it became - No proper reference for 'it', does it refer to condenser or engine.
D. such was the efficiency and power caused by this improvement, it has become - the second clause is an independent clause whereas it should be a subordinate clause.
E. there was so much efficiency and power in this improvement that it became - changes the meaning.

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IMO A seems okay. Will explain if I am correct.

Why you are letting others decide. Why not you explain either way. In the end its your test. I say always put explanation on Gmat club. Only two things will happen this way. either you will be correct or you will learn something. I encourage you to give a try.


Alrighty, shall give it a shot then.

James Watt did not invent the steam engine—versions existed since the early eighteenth-century—but Watt added a condenser, and this improvement made the engine so efficient and powerful that it became available for widespread industrial use.

A. seems correct
B. usage of would is wrong, plus verb is better than noun.
C. meaning issue, it seems that condenser itself became available for widespread industrial use.
D. same as C
E. Improvement did not become available for widespread industrial use.


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Option A is correct.

James Watt did not invent the steam engine—versions existed since the early eighteenth-century—but Watt added a condenser, and this improvement made the engine so efficient and powerful that it became available for widespread industrial use.

A. this improvement made the engine so efficient and powerful that it became - Correct.
B. this improvement made the engine of such efficiency and power, it would become - would become is wrong as we are not talking about prediction made in the past for some future event.
C. so efficient and powerful it was that this improvement made the engine, that it became - this improvement made the engine is wrong. Actual meaning is that the improvement made the engine efficient and powerful.
D. such was the efficiency and power caused by this improvement, it has become - Has become is clearly wrong. events are in the past.
E. there was so much efficiency and power in this improvement that it became - Meaningless as no where the word engine is mentioned.

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A question about scientist James Watt and the steam engine.

The most common idioms of consequence are

so [adjective] that

such [noun] that

Choice (A) uses the first idiom. It is sleek and elegant: no problems.

Choice (B) opts for the second idiom, turning the adjectives into nouns, and it omits the “that”—this omission makes this answer too casual for the GMAT, whereas turning the adjectives into nouns makes it too stilted. This answer choice fails in both directions! Choice (B) is incorrect.

Choice (C) is hyper-dramatic, far more dramatic and emphatic than the context demands. Furthermore, the dramatic rearrangement introduces a second “that,” which is confusing. The words “that” and “it” each appears twice, each doing different things—very confusing! Choice (C) is incorrect.

Like choice (B), choice (D) turns the adjectives into nouns and omits the “that.” This is even more hyper-dramatic than (B), but it has the same casual omission of “that.” It seems to suggest, illogically, that the “improvement” and not the “engine” became widely available. It’s also strange passive and indirect. Choice (D) is wrong for a number of reasons.

Choice (E) is extremely indirect, passive, and livy-livered. Like (D), this illogically suggests that the “improvement” and not the “engine” became widely available. Choice (E) is grammatically correct but it has rhetorical and logical problems. Choice (E) is incorrect.

Choice (A) is the best answer.
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