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# Many kitchens today are equipped with high-speed electrical gadgets

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02 Feb 2018, 19:52
sdlife wrote:
But in this question, the meaning would change because "as serious injuries as those caused by..." here we are saying that the gadgets will cause the same number of serious injuries as the number of injuries caused by industrial machine. The focus in this question is NOT on comparing the number of serious injuries but the "seriousness" of the injuries. Is my understanding correct here?

Hi sdlife, if the intent was to compare the number of serious injuries, then the sentence would be:

..capable of inflicting as many serious injuries as.....
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02 Feb 2018, 19:55
EducationAisle wrote:
Hi sdlife, if the intent was to compare the number of serious injuries, then the sentence would be:

..capable of inflicting as many serious injuries as.....

Thank you! Can you please tell what meaning comes out of choice A? And what's the issue with that comparison?
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02 Feb 2018, 20:07
The easiest way to eliminate A would be that which is modifying food processors, while the intent is to modify electrical gadgets.
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03 Feb 2018, 05:18
naumyuk wrote:
Many kitchens today are equipped with high-speed electrical gadgets, such as blenders and food processors, which are able to inflict as serious injuries as those caused by an industrial wood-planing machine.

(A) which are able to inflict as serious injuries as those
(B) which can inflict serious injuries such as those
(C) inflicting injuries as serious as that having been
(D) capable to inflict injuries as serious as that
(E) capable of inflicting injuries as serious as those

The sentences says the many kitchens are now equipped with electrical gadgets such as blender and food processor which can cause serious harm.
A, B and C are straight away out as such gadgets cannot themselves inflict injuries. They are capable of inflicting injuries.

Capable to....is incorrect idiom it should be capable of is the correct one. Hence the correct answer here is E.
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04 Feb 2018, 01:32
Many kitchens today are equipped with high-speed electrical gadgets, such as blenders and food processors, which are able to inflict as serious injuries as those caused by an industrial wood-planing machine.

(A) which are able to inflict as serious injuries as those
(B) which can inflict serious injuries such as those
(A) & (B) incorrectly use "which" to modify food processors rather than electrical gadgets as a whole.

(C) inflicting injuries as serious as that having been
(D) capable to inflict injuries as serious as that
(C) & (D) use "that" to modify injuries. that implies a singular noun and injuries is plural. Incorrect

(E) capable of inflicting injuries as serious as those
electrical gadgets capable of inflicting ... correct
those = plural, injuries = plural ... correct
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18 Feb 2018, 07:24
sayantanc2k wrote:
thangvietnam wrote:
a is wrong because, if I do not make a mistake

is correct pattern
we do not have plural noun between as ... as

this point of grammar is too subtle and is purely grammatical and so is not focus of gmat sc. there is one gmatprep question which test this pattern. if this question appear on your test, are are on 750 score already.

I am not sure whether the point you mentioned is correct. Take this example:

It is as good a book as any.
They are as good books as any.

The second construction in plural does not seem to be wrong.

However, from concision aspect, option E is better than option A. I shall try to compare with a simpler example:

Option I: using a clause:I love football, which is the national game of Madland.
Option II: using a phrase: I love football, the national game of Madland.

Option II is obviously more concise than option I. This explanation seems to be the point in GMAC answer as mentioned by naumyak. (although the phrase used in the original sentence is an adjective phrase, not a noun phrase as is used here.)

IN THE ORIGINAL SENTENCE ,THE RELATIVE PRONOUN WHICH REFERS TO WHICH ENTITTY?
FOOD PROCESSOR OR HIGH SPEED ELECTRICAL GADGETS
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