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Many industrial robots perform tasks that are ill-suited either to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them.

(A) are ill-suited either to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous
(B) are either ill-suited to human hands and eyes or they are so onerous or strenuous so
(C) either ill-suited to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous
(D) either are ill-suited to human hands and eyes or so onerous or strenuous so
(E) either are ill-suited to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous
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Many industrial robots perform tasks that are ill-suited either to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them.

(A) are ill-suited either to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous
(B) are either ill-suited to human hands and eyes or they are so onerous or strenuous so
(C) either ill-suited to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous
(D) either are ill-suited to human hands and eyes or so onerous or strenuous so
(E) either are ill-suited to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous

Hi, I found the sentence odd.
Can anyone explain what "that people do not want to do them." is modifying, please.


The correct option uses idiom "So...that..."
IMO - The structure of correct choice is

Many industrial robots (subject) perform (Verb) tasks

that (Subject: that = tasks)
either are (Verb 1) ill-suited to human hands and eyes or are (verb 2) (so) onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them.

the sentence is "tasks" either are X or so Y that people do not want to do them.

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"that" is not really "modifying" anything. It's like this: He was so weak that he could not walk.

Clearly the conjunction used here is “Either X or Y”. Everything outside this “either…or” structure is “common” to both X and Y.

Option A: Portion outside the “either…or” structure: Many industrial robots perform tasks that are ill-suited

X: to human hands and eyes
Y: are so onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them.
But the common portion does not go well with Y: Many industrial robots perform tasks that are ill-suited are so onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them - Seems illogical. Hence, A is incorrect.
B and D end in “so”. This seems to suggest that the tasks are so onerous or strenuous “so that” people do not want to do them. The presence of “so that” seems to imply that the tasks are “intentionally” onerous or strenuous in order that people do not want to do them! This is clearly absurd.

Option C: Portion outside the “either…or” structure: Many industrial robots perform tasks that

X: ill-suited to human hands and eyes
Y: are so onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them
But the common portion does not go well with X: Many industrial robots perform tasks that ill-suited to human hands and eyes - Seems illogical again (it should have been: “..that ARE ill-suited…”). Hence, C is incorrect.

Option E: Portion outside the “either…or” structure: Many industrial robots perform tasks that

X: are ill-suited to human hands and eyes
Y: are so onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them

Now, the common portion goes well with both X and Y:

Common portion with X: Many industrial robots perform tasks that are ill-suited to human hands and eyes
Common portion with Y: Many industrial robots perform tasks that are so onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them

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Many industrial robots perform tasks that are ill-suited either to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous that people do not want to do them.

A. are ill-suited either to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous
B. are either ill-suited to human hands and eyes or they are so onerous or strenuous so
C. ether ill-suited to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous
D. either are ill-suited to human hands and eyes or so onerous or strenuous so
E. either are ill-suited to human hands and eyes or are so onerous or strenuous

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