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

D has the problem of using an unidiomatic expression - so much x ....as to be y.

At best the right idiom could be so x as to be y, with out the word much. Some people even object to this

Difficult to absorb is also a problem. Difficult to be absorbed is a better expression
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can someone please explain why D is wrong? I thought "city's economy" is better than "city economy".

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


D is wrong because "are lacking so much" is unidiomatic correct way of saying it is "so lacking in" also "as to be" is not idiomatic either. Also when you using "so" to suggest exten - ot needs to be followed by "that" to complete the thought. Hope it helps.

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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



A. Such is used here as an intensifier.So Large is redundant...2. should be city's economy
B 1. large enough degree is awkward.. enough is misplaced 2. simple present (becomes) indicates fact was true before, is true now, and will be true in the future , thus changes the meaning of original sentence
C.simple present (becomes) indicates fact was true before, is true now, and will be true in the future , thus changes the meaning of original sentence
D. ABSORB is a transitive verb thus requires an object
E.should be correct

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The answer is E - the Idiom "So X that Y" has been used here.
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Isn't E changing the meaning?
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
'it will be difficult'

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming
can some one explain why D is incorrect? is it because of 'to be difficult'

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Looking at the end of the answer choices, is'nt "city’s economy that becomes" correct compared to "city economy becoming"..

I mean, will the city's economy become "ever more dependent on information-based industries" or is it that the lack of lager degree of maths skills will lead to "Students" into "becoming more dependent on information-based industries".

Please explain, in this question stem, whom/what does "more dependent on information-based industries" modify. Does it modify the "city's economy" or the "students".

I had understood the question to be modifying the cit's economy, and had hence narrowed down to choices B & C, only based on this understanding, although the rest of the wording was not sounding right.

Whenever I have seen myself going wrong in SC, is mostly on such occasions, where I have not been able to dissect the question stem correctly, in identifying the clauses are modifying what/whom? In such cases I find myself unable to resolve such ambiguity. :(

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Looking at the end of the answer choices, is'nt "city’s economy that becomes" correct compared to "city economy becoming"..

I mean, will the city's economy become "ever more dependent on information-based industries" or is it that the lack of lager degree of maths skills will lead to "Students" into "becoming more dependent on information-based industries".

Please explain, in this question stem, whom/what does "more dependent on information-based industries" modify. Does it modify the "city's economy" or the "students".

I had understood the question to be modifying the cit's economy, and had hence narrowed down to choices B & C, only based on this understanding, although the rest of the wording was not sounding right.

Whenever I have seen myself going wrong in SC, is mostly on such occasions, where I have not been able to dissect the question stem correctly, in identifying the clauses are modifying what/whom? In such cases I find myself unable to resolve such ambiguity. :(

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Here's what I think:
economy becoming- here becoming is modifying economy because there is no comma before becoming.
economy that becomes - same as above.

Others may confirm.
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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.

City economy becoming .. is correct as this means it happening right now...becomes is incorrect as it canges the meaning - this eliminates B & C ..
Correct idioms ..So.....that - it eliminates a & D ..
so ..as to & so much ...as to .. incorrect idioms as per GMAT...

Correct - E ...

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

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I guess C ,which is wrong.I had noticed the error in the original sentence,but can not read the D,E(goof).
The error u have noticed in the original is idiomatic ,on the basis u can easily eliminate options.
A-Such .......as to(unidiomatic--it should be so(ad.)as to
B-So...that or Ad...To /for (construction is correct in GMAT not enough that.
C-idiomatic uses is correct,but wrong tense(simple present).it must be progressive
D-long clause need that (in D-seems ambiguous )
E- concise and idiomatic correct

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I think in E, it is used to postpone the subject. It's not referring to anything. OA? Is it E? I am locked down between A and E.
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+ 1 for E.

The pronoun "it" is a "placeholder it". According to MGMAT SC guide, "placeholder it " do not have a antecedent. eg

It is good to excercise daily. (it here does not refer to any noun).

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Just because of idiom (So A that B) I find 'E' as the best answer, However, I am having one basic doubt in the following sentences (sunbtituting original sentence with with Option E)

Students in the metropolitan school district are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

Shouldn't there be any conjunction between "economy and "becoming". I find it very difficult to understand what is becoming dependent on information-based industries. Is it "economy" or or everything after 'that' (it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy).

Am not a Native speaker of the English, so I may not be familiar with these kind of Sentences. Please help
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You yourself answered the question.

"....becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries" modifies city economy.

Students becoming dependent on industries would not make much sense.

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yaa, I agree, however I didn't mean to say that there is any ambiguity, I just find this little awkward not to have any break before the modifying clause. & that means two independent clauses are joined without any conjunction:

Clause-1 : "it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy"
Clause-2 : "(economy is) becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries"

if I try to frame a similar sentence
It is very difficult to live in Atlanta becoming ever more crowded


May be its just me who is finding it little awkward.
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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



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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103. 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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My answer is A

In E Lacking is used as a noun rather than as a verb and made parallel to becoming which is a verb is that correct ??


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please, put anything that might spoil the process of solving the question for other people under a spoiler.

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103. 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 Meaning. Their lack of math skills does not directly cause the difficulty.
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city's economy that
becomes "Large enough" changes the meaning of the sentence. There is no threshold implied.
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city's economy that becomes "So...as" is incorrect. Should be "so...that"
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city's economy becoming "So...as" is incorrect. Should be "so...that"
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming Ok

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A - such a large degree as - wrong idiom used
B/C - that becomes - changes the meaning as in it is not happening now as we speak.
D - So X ... as to be - wrong idiom

Lacking is right in E as it speaks of something that is happening now or an ongoing action and hence the present participle.

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E is the winner.

A classic idiom problem. such...as... vs so...that... . such...as... is generally wrong to when used to indicate extremity

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E is the winner.

A classic idiom problem. such...as... vs so...that... . such...as... is generally wrong to when used to indicate extremity


"are so lacking" doesn't sound unidiomatic?

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