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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
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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



Here is official GMAC explanation:
The point of this sentence is the claim that common kitchen appliances can be as dangerous as an industrial wood-planing machine. It makes this point by comparing the injuries (plural) caused by blenders and food processors with those (also plural) caused by the wood-planing machine. An efficient way to make this comparison is to use the idiom capable of, an adjective phrase rather than a relative clause, after blenders and food processors.
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You gave the problem at 10.13 PM and also the solution at 10.15 PM. What is the point?? Pl allow some discussion before announcing the result.
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Hi! daagh,

I was confused between 'A' and 'D'. I am unable to see any mistake in 'A' as it says- blenders and food processors are able to inflict as serious injuries as those (injuries) caused by....... (as X as Y)

Could you please help shedding more light on the mistake in this option. Thanks
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I was confused between 'A' and 'D'. I am unable to see any mistake in 'A' as it says- blenders and food processors are able to inflict as serious injuries as those (injuries) caused by....... (as X as Y)
Could you please help shedding more light on the mistake in this option. Thanks


A is ALSO WRONG for the following reason :
A says: 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.
----->the usage of "WHICH" is WRONG in A; "WHICH" has been used without COMMA in option A .The comma that you are seeing is for the following construction "such as blenders and food processors" AND NOT for "WHICH"

ALSO "ABLE TO" is WRONG in option A ---->it gives a sense that these "electrical gadgets" are doing this INTENTIONALLY !!
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I was confused between 'A' and 'D'. I am unable to see any mistake in 'A' as it says- blenders and food processors are able to inflict as serious injuries as those (injuries) caused by....... (as X as Y)
Could you please help shedding more light on the mistake in this option. Thanks


A is ALSO WRONG for the following reason :
A says: 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.
----->the usage of "WHICH" is WRONG in A; "WHICH" has been used without COMMA in option A .The comma that you are seeing is for the following construction "such as blenders and food processors" AND NOT for "WHICH"

ALSO "ABLE TO" is WRONG in option A ---->it gives a sense that these "electrical gadgets" are doing this INTENTIONALLY !!


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Is the sentence otherwise correct?

"which are able to inflict as serious injuries as those caused by an industrial wood-planing machine."

Isn't it similar to the sentence - A can run as fast as B,

I'm a bit confused with this comparison.

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I was confused between 'A' and 'D'. I am unable to see any mistake in 'A' as it says- blenders and food processors are able to inflict as serious injuries as those (injuries) caused by....... (as X as Y)
Could you please help shedding more light on the mistake in this option. Thanks


A is ALSO WRONG for the following reason :
A says: 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.
----->the usage of "WHICH" is WRONG in A; "WHICH" has been used without COMMA in option A .The comma that you are seeing is for the following construction "such as blenders and food processors" AND NOT for "WHICH"

ALSO "ABLE TO" is WRONG in option A ---->it gives a sense that these "electrical gadgets" are doing this INTENTIONALLY !!
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This is a comparison between injuries caused by kitchen gadgets and wood planing machines. A says that the gadgets can cause those serious injuries as caused by the planing machines. Whereas E says that, the gadgets can cause many injuries including as the serious ones caused by the machines. The logical follow up is to ask whether the gadgets cannot cause less serious injuries. Yes, they can and, therefore, E wins by practical rationale. Capable of or able to is just a ploy, as I see it.

Of course, The OE throws no more light than announcing the OA, as we often tend to say in our explanations that X is better than Y, rather than say why.
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Hi daagh

The meaning is clear, I got it now! Thanks

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This is a comparison between injuries caused by kitchen gadgets and wood planning machines. A says that the gadgets can cause those serious injuries as caused by the planning machines. Whereas E says that, the gadgets can cause many injuries including as the serious ones caused by the machines. The logical follow up is to ask whether the gadgets cannot cause less serious injuries. Yes, they can and, therefore, E wins by practical rationale. Capable of or able to is just a ploy, as I see it.

Of course, The OE throws no more light than announcing the OA, as we often tend to say in our explanations that X is better than Y, rather than say why.
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You mean between A and D?
D has no chance since, it uses the wrong idiom ‘capable to’ and 2, ‘as serious as that’ should be ‘as serious as those’
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You mean between A and D?
D has no chance since, it uses the wrong idiom ‘capable to’ and 2, ‘as serious as that’ should be ‘as serious as those’


Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I actually meant between A and E; however with your previous explanation, I am clear with the meaning :)
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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 planning 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
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friends, why a is wrong?
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a is wrong because, if I do not make a mistake

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

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a is wrong because, if I do not make a mistake

as+adjective +a+noun+as
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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.)
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Discussing A and E:
One reason why A is not correct because it uses an unidiomatic (in the context) infinitive’ to inflict’ as though the gadgets intentionally cause the injuries. Capable of inflictive, an indicative idiom is better than the one in A.
In addition, one might note a subtle meaning error in A. The idea is to say that the gadgets can inflict injuries as serious as those caused by the woodcutters can. However, A distorts the logical intent by saying that they cause such serious injuries as those caused by the woodcutters. This implies that the gadgets can only cause injuries that are comparable in seriousness with the woodcutters and not less. Now we know the gadgets at worst cause as serious injuries as those by wood cutters and normally they are less serious.
I would say E is good.
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Why E is better than B?

Is it only because the meaning the Daagh mentioned above?
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In"B" "which" is not required. Also there is a comparison. Hence "as" is correct usage not "such as.".So it is not a case where examples are required. Hence "such as" is not needed in "B."
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For this question, I chose B. I was deciding b/w B and E, but thought that E was lacking a "that are" after the 'processors'. Why was "that are" not required?
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For this question, I chose B. I was deciding b/w B and E, but thought that E was lacking a "that are" after the 'processors'. Why was "that are" not required?


The latter part of the following post explains your query:
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"However, from concision aspect, option E is better than option A (or B). 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.
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