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Roughly twice each century the planet Venus passes between the earth and the sun, an occasion known as a transit of Venus, during which it makes the outline of the planet visible in stark relief.

(A) during which it makes the outline of the planet visible
(B) during which the outline of the planet becomes
(C) so that it makes the outline of the planet
(D) such that during which the outline of the planet becomes
(E) such that the outline of the planet becomes

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Roughly twice each century the planet venus passes between the earth and the sun,an occasion known as a transit of venus,during which it makes the outline of the planet visible in stark relief.

(A)during which it makes the outline of the planet visible. "it" refers to which noun??
(B)during which the outline of the planet becomes
(C)so that it makes the outline of the planet. "it" refers to which noun??
(D)such that during which the outline of the planet becomes.wordy/awkward
(E)such that the outline of the planet becomes.an occasion such that the outline of the planet becomes== awkward. As per the stem the intended meaning is that during the transit of venus the outcome of planet becomes in stark relief
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I am still suspicious about usage the outline of the planet becomes in stark relief


So am i. I guess something missing in the option part.

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Roughly twice each century the planet venus passes between the earth and the sun,an occasion known as a transit of venus,during which it makes the outline of the planet visible in stark relief.
(A)during which it makes the outline of the planet visible
(B)during which the outline of the planet becomes
(C)so that it makes the outline of the planet
(D)such that during which the outline of the planet becomes
(E)such that the outline of the planet becomes
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Roughly twice each century the planet venus passes between the earth and the sun,an occasion known as a transit of venus,during which it makes the outline of the planet visible in stark relief.
(A)during which it makes the outline of the planet visible
(B)during which the outline of the planet becomes

A) it (Venus) makes the outline of the planet (Venus) Visible - Makes no sense.
B) during which the outline of the planet(Venus) becomes - during the process the outline of Venus becomes in stark relief - something is missing but among the 5 this one is better.

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Roughly twice each century the planet Venus passes between the earth and the sun,an occasion known as a transit of Venus, during which it makes the outline of the planet visible in stark relief.

(A) during which it makes the outline of the planet visible - use of "it" is ambiguous
(B) during which the outline of the planet becomes
(C) so that it makes the outline of the planet .- use of "it" is ambiguous
(D) such that during which the outline of the planet becomes - awkward
(E) such that the outline of the planet becomes - awkward


Hence B can be obtained by POE

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Roughly twice each century the planet venus passes between the earth and the sun,an occasion known as a transit of venus,during which it makes the outline of the planet visible in stark relief.
(A)during which it makes the outline of the planet visible. Process of transit makes "the outline visible" not the planet itself
(B)during which the outline of the planet becomes
(C)so that it makes the outline of the planet
(D)such that during which the outline of the planet becomes
(E)such that the outline of the planet becomes

Note: An occasion.., during which (modifier providing additional info about the occasion. Thus , all the options without participle (ing or ed form) are out. (C,D,E)
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Roughly twice each century the planet venus passes between the earth and the sun,an occasion known as a transit of venus,during which it makes the outline of the planet visible in stark relief.
(A)during which it makes the outline of the planet visible
(B)during which the outline of the planet becomes
(C)so that it makes the outline of the planet
(D)such that during which the outline of the planet becomes
(E)such that the outline of the planet becomes
Need explanation


The idioms "So that" and "such that" provides purpose. Here occasion is required to be described.

Hence during which makes sense.
(A)during which it makes the outline of the planet visible -> It can only refer to "venus". Now venus cannot make the outline of the planet-> Incorrect
(B)during which the outline of the planet becomes - Precise and correct.
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the original question is from GMATPREP and the "visible" word in the question stem is underlined. Someone should correct the question stem above.

Now option B should make complete sense:

B) during which the outline of the planet becomes visible in stark relief"

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John made the man smile.
The implication here is that JOHN and THE MAN are different people.

IT makes the outline of THE PLANET visible.
The implication here is that IT (Venus) and THE PLANET are different celestial bodies.
Not the intended meaning.
Regardless, Venus does not MAKE its outline visible; the outline BECOMES visible ON ITS OWN.
Eliminate A and C.

Such that is to be avoided in SCs.
Eliminate D and E.

The correct answer is B.

In the math section of the GMAT, such that will sometimes appear as an ADJECTIVE to describe the QUALITY of a set of numbers:
x and y are integers SUCH THAT x>y.
What KIND of integers?
Integers SUCH THAT x>y.
I have never seen the OA to an SC employ this sort of construction.
Regardless, in D and E, such that seems to be serving as a CONJUNCTION connecting two clauses.
Such that cannot serve this purpose.
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Hi Experts,

My question is regarding the usage of "such that"

are there any concrete grammar rules for the usage of such that..

As per the OE in the GMATPrep question pack : "The reference of such that is ambiguous when it immediately follows the appositive phrase"

Does this means that in case if this appositve phrase "an occasion known as .." is removed than the usage of such that is acceptable ?

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Roughly twice each century the planet Venus passes between the earth and the sun,an occasion known as a transit of Venus, during which it makes the outline of the planet visible in stark relief.

(A) during which it makes the outline of the planet visible It is ambiguous
(B) during which the outline of the planet becomes Correct
(C) so that it makes the outline of the planet It is ambiguous
(D) such that during which the outline of the planet becomes such that is wrong here and the sentence is wordy
(E) such that the outline of the planet becomes such that is wrong here as we are taking about a duration.
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Hi,

can anyone please explain what is wrong with usage of "Such that"?

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