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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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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
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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

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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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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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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02 Jun 2009, 08:07
Not sure about the reasoning but I feel C is correct.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming (Seem awkward to me)
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes (Seem awkward to me)
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes (My choice for correct answer)
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming (Meaning changed)
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming (Meaning changed)

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02 Jun 2009, 09:51
Options A, B and E have pronoun reference errors
Option D, meaning changed

Option C seems right

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02 Jun 2009, 11:25
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I go with option E. As before, PLEASE UNDERLINE THE SECTION NEEDING TO BE CHANGED.

Option E says students are lacking in math skills itself, whereas the question somewhat says they have math skills but it is not upto mark to make them compititive in city economy. Not sure if it makes sense but you can say it's more GMATish

So I strongly believe E is incorrect choice.

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02 Jun 2009, 11:49
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bipolarbear wrote:
I go with option E. As before, PLEASE UNDERLINE THE SECTION NEEDING TO BE CHANGED.

Option E says students are lacking in math skills itself, whereas the question somewhat says they have math skills but it is not upto mark to make them compititive in city economy. Not sure if it makes sense but you can say it's more GMATish

So I strongly believe E is incorrect choice.

I stand by my answer choice of E. There isn't much of a difference between are so lacking math skills and lack math skills to such a large degree. A is way too complicated and uses unnecessary words.

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03 Jun 2009, 14:14
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E. Them only refers to people. E avoids pronoun reference error created by they and wordiness of choice A.

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04 Jun 2009, 11:06
The Sentence resembles an action happening (economy becoming )so the use of present progressive tense "are lacking " is preferred to rather simple present "lack"

Also the usage of right idiomatic expression "so x that" as in option E makes it a preferable choice.

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26 May 2010, 08:24
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---"Student in the metropolitan school district" does not go with "lack of math skills"
(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---Correct

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27 May 2010, 10:08
I would also go with E. Unfortunate but true I could get the answer on this SC in under 30 secs. And mostly do on all questions of SC on the club. But whenever I attempt some standardized CAT test my answers never reach this accuracy level. Why? Are these questions that are posted here easy?

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31 May 2010, 15:21
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

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12 Jun 2010, 20:41
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 >>> correct answer

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21 Oct 2010, 04:59
Tough qs..atleast frm my persp...
I would go with B for this though there seems to be nothing wrong with E
Choosing B over E since B is more active than E...although i know it is incorrect ..

Can anyone point out the flaw in my reasoning????

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B has two problems. 1.- lack to a large enough degree - is not an acceptable form of idiom; 2. they will be difficult to absorb do the students absorb or beabsorbed ? – they will be difficult to be absorbed - will be better.

In E is better because; 1. Apt idiom used. - so lacking that -. 2. - A city economy becoming- describes the ongoing activity better than –becomes - in B. The - it – in - it will be - is a place holder and hence needs no reference,
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21 Oct 2010, 22:11
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B has two problems. 1.- lack to a large enough degree - is not an acceptable form of idiom; 2. they will be difficult to absorb do the students absorb or beabsorbed ? – they will be difficult to be absorbed - will be better.

In E is better because; 1. Apt idiom used. - so lacking that -. 2. - A city economy becoming- describes the ongoing activity better than –becomes - in B. The - it – in - it will be - is a place holder and hence needs no reference,

But in case of E, the placement of "so" does not seem to be quite correct to me. What is the problem with D?

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