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# Mesoporous metals are not indestructible, but their

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Mesoporous metals are not indestructible, but their durability is such that they are able to withstand any delivered blow of a force of less than 12 newtons.

A. their durability is such that they are able to withstand any delivered blow of
B. they are of such durability, they have the ability to withstand any blow delivered with
C. there is so much durability that they can withstand any blow that delivered by
D. they have such durability as to withstand any delivered blow of
E. they are so durable that they can withstand any blow delivered with

Could you please explain why "such" is not applicable here?
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06 May 2012, 08:16
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First thing: have the ability to withstand, are able to withstand are poor dictions. Can withstand is more concise and forthright. So let us drop A and B.

In D, such durability as to withstand is unidiomatic. Right idiom is such x that they can withstand
In C, the unnecessary inclusion of that after any blow is redundant since any blow delivered per se without the that conveys the same meaning. In addition, a blow cannot deliver a force. Hence delivered by a force is wrong. It should be any blow delivered with

E survives with precise expression can withstand, proper idiom so x that and the correct proposition with to follow any blow.
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06 May 2012, 08:56
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Mesoporous metals[subject] are[verb] not indestructible, but their durability is such that they are able to withstand any delivered blow of a force of less than 12 newtons.

A. their durability is such that they are able to withstand any delivered blow of
B. they are of such durability, they have the ability to withstand any blow delivered with : awkward.
C. there is so much durability that they can withstand any blow that delivered by
D. they have such durability as to withstand any delivered blow of
E. they are so durable that they can withstand any blow delivered with

Could you please explain why "such" is not applicable here?

construction before the comma is S + V, hence what follows next must be of the same construction S + V.
options starting with they[subject] are contenders. Eliminate A and C.

E is correct AO.
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30 Jan 2019, 04:58
malkov wrote:
Mesoporous metals are not indestructible, but their durability is such that they are able to withstand any delivered blow of a force of less than 12 newtons.

A. their durability is such that they are able to withstand any delivered blow of
B. they are of such durability, they have the ability to withstand any blow delivered with
C. there is so much durability that they can withstand any blow that delivered by
D. they have such durability as to withstand any delivered blow of
E. they are so durable that they can withstand any blow delivered with

Could you please explain why "such" is not applicable here?

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Look at the last word of each answer choice. The difference is between the prepositions of, with, and by. In this case, it is idiomatic to use delivered with a force of less than 12 newtons, so you can eliminate everything except B and E. E uses the proper idiom so durable that, and B is wrong because the idiom it wants to use is such…that. Because that doesn’t appear in the sentence, it’s unidiomatic.

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