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Researchers hypothesize that granitic soil is the ideal construction

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In the discussion, it was stated that the construction "as X as Y" needs to be followed by noun. Is this really true? What about "We have as many apples as need to be cooked." I understand that the usage in D is unidiomatic but I would like to understand why or what are the rules for the usage of "as X as Y" so I don't make the same error in the future. Many thanks.
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In the discussion, it was stated that the construction "as X as Y" needs to be followed by noun. Is this really true? What about "We have as many apples as need to be cooked." I understand that the usage in D is unidiomatic but I would like to understand why or what are the rules for the usage of "as X as Y" so I don't make the same error in the future. Many thanks.


Great question @Xin_Cho!

With the construction "as X as Y," I was referring to the Y in the phrase needing to be a noun. I apologize if that wasn't clear! You are correct that your example sentence isn't idiomatically correct. While a reader can probably figure out what you're saying, there are much clearer and more grammatically correct ways to say that.

For the question we're focusing on right now, this is the construction we see in option D:

as hard as to Y

This isn't how we express that a condition is exceptionally severe, which is what the initial sentence is trying to convey. When you want to talk about an extreme condition, you would say "so X as to Y" because the word "so" emphasizes that extreme.

I hope this helps!
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EMPOWERgmatVerbal thank you for the reply. If I can please ask you for some clarification.

I have come across official GMAT question (https://gmatclub.com/forum/according-to ... 46774.html) which uses the as X as Y. I have eliminated the correct answer, which uses as X as Y but Y is not a noun.

With this question in mind, I would like to know whether in the construction as X as Y, the Y really must be a noun. If not what am I missing? :-(
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I understood that in the construction "as X as Y", the "Y" has to be a noun. However, in the official OG question I've encountered a problem in which this does not hold (https://gmatclub.com/forum/according-to ... 46774.html). Could I possibly ask you for an explanation?
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I understood that in the construction "as X as Y", the "Y" has to be a noun. However, in the official OG question I've encountered a problem in which this does not hold (https://gmatclub.com/forum/according-to ... 46774.html). Could I possibly ask you for an explanation?


It depends on the context. What Y can be depends on what X is.

Soil is as hard as ... (here, we need to compare the hardness of the soil with the hardness of some other substance so we can expect to have some material noun)
But we are not comparing the hardness of the soil with hardness of something else. We are talking about the degree of hardness and its impact. Hence we use
Soil is so hard that it makes burrowing difficult...


In the other question you mention,
... nearly 8 million people, about as many as ... (here we expect something that gives us the number of people)
'are enrolled in ...' gives us a number - the number of people enrolled in nation's four year colleges. Hence it is correct.
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VeritasKarishma thank you very much Karishma. I really appreciate your quick but detailed help. Thank you!
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