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# Students in the metropolitan school district lack math

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14 Dec 2007, 01:26
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Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes

(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming

(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
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14 Dec 2007, 02:04
[quote="walker"]Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to adsorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to adsorb
them into a city economy becoming

(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy that becomes

(C) lack math skills is so large as to be difficult to adsorb them into a city's economy that becomes

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy becoming

(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to adsorb them into a city economy becoming

A make more sense than any other answer.

B misses a term such as "such" in order to let the consequence valid. C says "so as to", a bad construction for the gmat. D has the same problem of C. moreover ...to absorb whom? E could be confusing (them?)
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14 Dec 2007, 13:15
I think the answer is D. Here the sentence tests "SO AS TO" usage.
All others are wrong. Any other takers?
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14 Dec 2007, 17:23
D for me

So X as to Y is the correct idiom
I prefer into city's economy over into city economy

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Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to adsorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to adsorb
them into a city economy becoming

(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy that becomes

(C) lack math skills is so large as to be difficult to adsorb them into a city's economy that becomes

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy becoming

(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to adsorb them into a city economy becoming

Between A & E for me. I pick E because in A the idiom is 'such X as to Y' where as to my knowledge the correct idiom is 'so X as to Y'. E correctly uses the idiom 'so X that Y'.
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15 Dec 2007, 09:09
walker wrote:
Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to adsorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to adsorb
them into a city economy becoming

(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy that becomes

(C) lack math skills is so large as to be difficult to adsorb them into a city's economy that becomes

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy becoming

(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to adsorb them into a city economy becoming

Will go for 'E'

In D - there is no pronoun or noun in the clause as to be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy becoming
absorb them would have been better
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16 Dec 2007, 10:53
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Thanks. OA is E.

SC is from OG.

In D OG says: so much....as to be difficult is not a correct idiomatic expression.
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16 Aug 2011, 10:30
walker wrote:
Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to adsorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to adsorb
them into a city economy becoming

(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy that becomes

(C) lack math skills is so large as to be difficult to adsorb them into a city's economy that becomes

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to adsorb into a city's economy becoming

(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to adsorb them into a city economy becoming

The sentence expressing an ongoing situation (economy becoming), so present progressive (are lacking) is required. Thus, A, B and C are out. Furthermore, in D incorrect idiom so much as to be is used so D is out too. In E so ...... that idiom is used to meaning clearer. E is the best Choice.
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07 Aug 2016, 02:23
Baten80 wrote:
The sentence expressing an ongoing situation (economy becoming), so present progressive (are lacking) is required. Thus, A, B and C are out. Furthermore, in D incorrect idiom so much as to be is used so D is out too. In E so ...... that idiom is used to meaning clearer. E is the best Choice.

Can you please clarify for me, why "so X ... as to Y..." is unidiomatic? I don't get it.
Thank you very much for your support.

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08 Aug 2016, 15:52
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Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes

(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming

(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

Can somebody help please? In option E, isn't the pronoun them ambiguously referring to either math skills or students.
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26 Aug 2016, 00:32
Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

why A wrong??

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming
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26 Aug 2016, 06:54
Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

why A wrong??

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming

A is wrong because of the construction such a large degree as to.. It should be Such a large degree that.

D is wrong because of the construction so much as to.
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