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# Roy Wilkins was among the last of a generation of civil rights

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Project SC Butler: Day 15: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Roy Wilkins was among the last of a generation of civil rights activists who led the nation through decades of change so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember, what segregation was like.

(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember

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Roy Wilkins was among the last of a generation of civil rights activists who led the nation through decades of change so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember, what segregation was like.

(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember ( so profound modify the change,that is required, not able to imagine is wordy, can is sufficient)

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember(seems correct so x that y is correct, but i don't understand the role played by much less)

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember( that is missing)

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember( of such profundity is awkward)

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember ( same as in D)

Will go with choice B.

Please correct me if i am wrong.

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Roy Wilkins was among the last of a generation of civil rights activists who led the nation through decades of change so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember, what segregation was like.

(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember
>>>>1) "even less to remember" is awkward. 2) "are not able" is incorrectly used, because we are not discussing the ability of doing something by someone.

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember
>>>> Correct

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember
>>>> "nor even less remember" is awkward and incorrect.

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember
>>>>1) "even less can they remember" is awkward and incorrect.

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember
>>>> "are not able" is incorrectly used, because we are not discussing the ability of doing something by someone.

Originally posted by RaydenV on 21 Nov 2018, 10:55.
Last edited by RaydenV on 21 Nov 2018, 10:57, edited 1 time in total.
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21 Nov 2018, 10:56
+1 for (B) , So X that Y is correct idiomatic usage...
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21 Nov 2018, 11:00
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Project SC Butler: Day 15: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Roy Wilkins was among the last of a generation of civil rights activists who led the nation through decades of change so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember, what segregation was like.

(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember

The best/excellent answers get kudos. There can be no best answer, or a few excellent answers!

In A and C, “that” is missing after “profound”. “So + adjective + that..” is the correct idiom.
In D, “that” is missing after “profundity”.
In E, “not able to” and “less to” unnecessarily make the choice wordy.
B follows the idiomatic structure “So + adjective + that…”. Hence, B is the correct answer.
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21 Nov 2018, 23:13
(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember ---> so profound intensifies young americans instead of the change, correct idiomatic usage is so X that Y and even less to remember is awkward

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember ---> so profound correctly modifies change, use of that rectifies idiom error, much less correctly addressed t many young americans

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember ---> Multiple Idiom error 1) So X that Y 2) neither, nor

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember ---> awkward construction

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember ---> Are not able is to incorrect usage
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22 Nov 2018, 06:14
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Roy Wilkins was among the last of a generation of civil rights activists who led the nation through decades of change so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember, what segregation was like.

(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember

TIME magazine - September 21, 1981 | Vol. 118 No. 12 (LINK)

When he died last week in New York City at 80, Wilkins had been out of the public eye since his retirement from the N.A.A.C.P. in 1977. Overcome in his last years by age and ill health, he nonetheless remained a revered figure among blacks and whites alike. Wilkins was a gentleman—patient, diplomatic, someone who considered it important to win friends for his cause. He believed, as ardently as any right-wing patriot, that America was a land of opportunity and justice that could, if one worked within the system, be opened to all. His tools were education, court appeals, lobbying and grass-roots organizing; his strength was a rare combination of persuasion and toughness. He was among the last of a generation of civil rights leaders who pulled and tugged and cajoled the nation through decades of change so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, still less remember, what segregation was like.
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22 Nov 2018, 09:36
Official Explanation :

Choice A can be faulted for omitting that after profound; the idiomatic form of the expression is ''so X that Y." Also, much less remember is more idiomatic than even less to remember, and cannot imagine is more concise than are not able to imagine.

Choice B is best.

Choice C lacks that after profound, and nor is incorrectly used to join verbs modified by cannot.

In choice D, of such profundity is wordy, that is missing, and even less can they remember is not an idiomatic way to complete cannot imagine.

In choice E, of such profundity and, are not able to imagine are wordy, and the to in to remember is unnecessary.
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What does "still less remember" signify/mean?

Daagh, GMatNinja please throw some light on this.

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Roy Wilkins was among the last of a generation of civil rights activists who led the nation through decades of change so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember, what segregation was like.

(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember

TIME magazine - September 21, 1981 | Vol. 118 No. 12 (LINK)

When he died last week in New York City at 80, Wilkins had been out of the public eye since his retirement from the N.A.A.C.P. in 1977. Overcome in his last years by age and ill health, he nonetheless remained a revered figure among blacks and whites alike. Wilkins was a gentleman—patient, diplomatic, someone who considered it important to win friends for his cause. He believed, as ardently as any right-wing patriot, that America was a land of opportunity and justice that could, if one worked within the system, be opened to all. His tools were education, court appeals, lobbying and grass-roots organizing; his strength was a rare combination of persuasion and toughness. He was among the last of a generation of civil rights leaders who pulled and tugged and cajoled the nation through decades of change so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, still less remember, what segregation was like.
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As Time has said, if the young ones cannot even imagine it, then they have certainly not felt it and therefore they could still less remember it.

I think that GMAC, wanting to avoid any debate on such a hazy thing, opted to omit it safely.
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16 Apr 2019, 04:44
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Project SC Butler: Day 15: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Roy Wilkins was among the last of a generation of civil rights activists who led the nation through decades of change so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember, what segregation was like.

(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember

The best/excellent answers get kudos. There can be no best answer, or a few excellent answers!

Idiom:

So X that Y

(A) so profound many young Americans are not able to imagine, even less to remember - Wrong: 1) Structure: Missing "that" 2) Concision: "cannot" is better than "are not able to" 3) Don't need "to" before "remember"

(B) so profound that many young Americans cannot imagine, much less remember - Correct

(C) so profound many young Americans cannot imagine nor even less remember - Wrong: 1) Structure: Missing "that"

(D) of such profundity many young Americans cannot imagine, even less can they remember - Wrong: 1) Structure: Missing "that" 2) Redundancy: "that" before "remember"

(E) of such profundity that many young Americans are not able to imagine, much less to remember - Wrong: 1) Concision: "cannot" is better than "are not able to" 2) Don't need "to" before "remember"
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