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# Often major economic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable

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30 Aug 2017, 13:06
A) so gradual as to be indistinguishable
"so... as to be..." is a correct idiom.

B) so gradual so that they can be indistinguishable
"so... so that..." is not a correct idiom

C) so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished
This one is tough, because it's not grammatically or idiomatically incorrect. "So... that" is a correct idiom. It's certainly wordier than A, and there also seems to be a disconnect in meaning. If something is "indistinguishable," then people are not able to distinguish it. Here, saying that the "shifts... are unable to be distinguished," then the lack of ability is on the part of the shifts, and not on the people distinguishing. This is a case in which passive voice alters the meaning slightly, and therefore makes less sense.

D) gradual enough not to be indistinguishable
"gradual enough" means something different from "so gradual." "Enough" implies a sufficient quantity, above a certain threshold - "I have enough money to by the new laptop." "So" is a qualifier meaning "to such a degree that." For example, "I have so much money that I could buy all of the laptops in the world." It doesn't imply any threshold.

E) gradual enough so that one cannot distinguish them
Same issue as in D.

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30 Aug 2017, 13:23
Major economic shift happens so slowly that is difficult to distinguish between major economic shift and normal market fluctuations.
Here A conveys the meaning.

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31 Aug 2017, 09:28
Why is C wrong ?

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31 Aug 2017, 09:58
rishabhdxt wrote:
Why is C wrong ?

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Hello rishabhdxt,

C. so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished

The portion they are unable to seems to suggest that major economic shifts are unable to do something. This definitely is not the intended meaning.

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31 Aug 2017, 10:48
Is idiom' so x as to be y ' correct?

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01 Sep 2017, 01:34
Often major economic shifts are so gradual as to be indistinguishable at first from ordinary fluctuations in the financial markets

(A) so gradual as to be indistinguishable - Correct
(B) so gradual so that they can be indistinguishable - idiom issue - So...so that.
(C) so gradual that they are unable to be distinguished - the use of "unable" to describe something that's not actually an inability of the subject.
(D) gradual enough not to be distinguishable - redundant - not to be distinguishable is same as to be indistinguishable ; enough not to idiom seems incorrect
(E) gradual enough so that one cannot distinguish them - idiom issue - enough so that is unidiomatic

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