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Scientists have created a new substance that is so transparent as to be almost invisible.


(A) so transparent as to be

(B) so transparent it has been

(C) so transparent that it was

(D) transparent enough that it is

(E) transparent enough so as to be


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Bunuel wrote:
Scientists have created a new substance that is so transparent as to be almost invisible.


(A) so transparent as to be

(B) so transparent it has been

(C) so transparent that it was

(D) transparent enough that it is

(E) transparent enough so as to be



The idiom used here is "So + adj + as to + (be + adj)" - it is used to strengthen a description of something.

Answer A is correct, since the context of the sentence is to emphasize the feature (transparent) of the new substance.


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Bunuel wrote:
Scientists have created a new substance that is so transparent as to be almost invisible.


(A) so transparent as to be

(B) so transparent it has been

(C) so transparent that it was

(D) transparent enough that it is

(E) transparent enough so as to be


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While the standard idiom is 50... that, so... as can also be used in certain situations but so... it is never correct. Eliminate (B). Eliminate (C) for a verb tense error: The sentence begins in the present tense (is... transparent) and has no reason to switch from is to the past tense was at the end. (D) and (E) are not idiomatic; transparent enough has to be followed by to be in this situation and transparent enough so as to be combines incompatible idioms. The sentence could read transparent enough to be or 50 transparent as to be but (E) wrongly offers a mixture of the two options. Even though the original sentence is rather clumsy, (A) is still the best option of the ones you're given.
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