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So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that many business executives fear this country will lose its economic preeminence.

(A) So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that

(B) As poorly educated and trained as many young recruits to the United States work force are,

(C) Because of many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained,

(D) That many young recruits to the United States work force are so poorly educated and trained is why

(E) Many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained explains why
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IMO E.....it is gramatically correct and explains porpely why business executives are worried.

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None of them looks good, but E is the only one which makes some sense

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So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that many business executives fear this country will lose its economic preeminence.

(A) So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that
(B) As poorly educated and trained as many young recruits to the United States work force are,
(C) Because of many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained,
(D) That many young recruits to the United States work force are so poorly educated and trained is why
(E) Many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained explains why


Go with A for "So that"
B. poor construction.
C "Because of"
D. poor construction.
E. who is misplaced.
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Reading the sentence as "Many young recruits to the United States work force are so poorly educated and trained that......" does not show any obvious error. Hence, option A.

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So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that many business executives fear this country will lose its economic preeminence.

(A) So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that

(B) As poorly educated and trained as many young recruits to the United States work force are,

(C) Because of many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained,

(D) That many young recruits to the United States work force are so poorly educated and trained is why

(E) Many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained explains why


Choice D is close too; however, it has a problem.

The idiom is So X that Y where X and Y should be grammatically parallel. In D, so poorly educated and trained does not have the corresponding THAT.

D would have been right if it had been worded as follows -

That many young recruits blah blah are poorly educated and trained is why blah blah... (notice that SO has been removed).

A is right because it uses the correct idiomatic construction.

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E looks grammatically correct ..... but whats the ans and please explain the reason as well

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First time I choose E, since I thought it is gramatically right, however it is not because of "explains", since subject is plural so verb has to be plural and it should be "explain".

I will go with A....

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This one is a toughie :). Hopefully, I can make things clear.

So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that many business executives fear this country will lose its economic preeminence.

(A) So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that

Correctly uses the idiom, 'so...that'. While there are many intervening words between 'so' and 'that', most of those words are part of the noun phrase 'young recruits...'. Had there been another verb in the intervening phrase, then (A) would have been awkward. As is, it is idiomatically correct and conveys a clear meaning.

(B) As poorly educated and trained as many young recruits to the United States work force are,

The 'as' implies that the part that comes after the comma (the non-underlined part) will be something suggesting that business executives are not wary of the young recruits.

(C) Because of many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained,

The 'of' and the 'who' make things wordy. If we eliminate both, the answer choice becomes more valid.

(D) That many young recruits to the United States work force are so poorly educated and trained is why

Reverses the 'so' and the 'that.'

(E) Many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained explains why

Violates the 'so...that' idiom.
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A is correct because of idiom So....that...

And E is incorrect, because it is wordy .."explain" is unneccesary used ..

B is wrong , it use "because" and does not convey the original meaning what actualy sentence want to convey

so A is correct :)
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Aside from "wordiness", do you guys see another reason to eliminate answer (c)?
I mean, do you see any problems with this strucutre "Because of X, Y"?

In the top of my head, I think this structure makes sense (e.g.: "Because of you, my heart started to beat stronger.")

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(C) Because of many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained,

The 'of' and the 'who' make things wordy. If we eliminate both, the answer choice becomes more valid.

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Eliminate C,D,E because the "poorly trained" phrase modifies the "United States work force" and NOT "young recruits"

Eliminate B for incorrect idiom usage.

A is winner coz idiom is "so x that y" !!!
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This one is a toughie :). Hopefully, I can make things clear.

So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that many business executives fear this country will lose its economic preeminence.

(A) So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that

Correctly uses the idiom, 'so...that'. While there are many intervening words between 'so' and 'that', most of those words are part of the noun phrase 'young recruits...'. Had there been another verb in the intervening phrase, then (A) would have been awkward. As is, it is idiomatically correct and conveys a clear meaning.

(B) As poorly educated and trained as many young recruits to the United States work force are,

The 'as' implies that the part that comes after the comma (the non-underlined part) will be something suggesting that business executives are not wary of the young recruits.

(C) Because of many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained,

The 'of' and the 'who' make things wordy. If we eliminate both, the answer choice becomes more valid.

(D) That many young recruits to the United States work force are so poorly educated and trained is why

Reverses the 'so' and the 'that.'

(E) Many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained explains why

Violates the 'so...that' idiom.


ChrisLele , Not clear about your explanation for the option B. Can u please shed some more light on it ?
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Still unclear why D is out. I have seen quite a few gmat sentences beginning with 'That', and they turn out to be the right answer...

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Still unclear why D is out. I have seen quite a few gmat sentences beginning with 'That', and they turn out to be the right answer...


I was unable to find any example from OG that has this structure "That {clause} is why..."; could you site one. I found the following sentence in OG13 that does not use "that" at the beginning:

"The surprising finding under discussion is why certain juvenile horseshoe crabs do not have significant barnacle populations,"

Moreover the subject is the gerund "finding", not a complete clause as stated in option D.

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IMHO (A) with this one

So X that Y is correct idiomatic usage and eGMAT states

Y explains/describes X

Here why many business executives fear this country will lose its economic preeminence is explained by the poor education and training to the United States work force

Thus So X that Y works perfect here...

sayantanc2k can you please confirm my reasoning..
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IMHO (A) with this one

So X that Y is correct idiomatic usage and eGMAT states

Y explains/describes X

Here why many business executives fear this country will lose its economic preeminence is explained by the poor education and training to the United States work force

Thus So X that Y works perfect here...

sayantanc2k can you please confirm my reasoning..


Of course. Thank you for the explanation. :)

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So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that many business executives fear this country will lose its economic preeminence.

(A) So poorly educated and trained are many young recruits to the United States work force that

(B) As poorly educated and trained as many young recruits to the United States work force are,

(C) Because of many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained,

(D) That many young recruits to the United States work force are so poorly educated and trained is why

(E) Many young recruits to the United States work force who are so poorly educated and trained explains why
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