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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

https://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/25/nyregion/students-poor-in-math-pose-job-problem.html

Many of New York City's public school students are so lacking in mathematics skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a rapidly changing city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-oriented industries, educators and economists say.
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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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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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New post 16 Dec 2007, 09:53
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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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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E. Them only refers to people. E avoids pronoun reference error created by they and wordiness of choice A.
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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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(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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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.

IMO E.
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A good way to determine between (A) and (E) is to look at the verbiage:

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree VS. (E) are so lacking in math skills that

The latter (so...that) is far more concise and is the idiomatic way to express "to such a large degree" without directly stating it.

Therefore, (A) is wordy and (E) it is!
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Students (subject) 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
. correct idiom is Such x that y
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a
city’s economy that becomes.
incorrect
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy
that becomes
incorrect, here possessive students' should be used, plus incorrect idiom
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy
becoming
incorrect
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming. So X that Correct idiomatically
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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 such as introduces example
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes changes meaning: students will be difficult to absorb ...
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes so ...as --> wrong usage
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming same as above
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming "so.. that" is correct idiom . the usage of "it" as placeholder is absolutely correct.
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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) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming > "such a large degree" = redundant
(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 degree" just akward
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes > i believe, this would only be correct if we had possessive in front of it. Students' lack of math skill is so large...
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming > as to be, does not sound right. We need "that"
(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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Please note that that there is no comma between economy and becoming; in such cases, the participle refers to the noun just in front. No doubts about it. It is the economy that is becoming ever more dependent and not students becoming ever more dependent.
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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.


correct idiom SO X as Y
so X that Y


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

(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city's economy that becomes
idiom error + meaning error.
they will absorb - change of meaning.

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

(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city's economy becoming
by whom is done the absorbtion?

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

I will be lad to help you out with this one. :-)

Let me present the structure of this official sentence with Choice C:

Students in the metropolitan school district
lack of math skills is so large
as to be difficult to absorb them into a city's economy
that becomes ever more dependent on information-based industries.

The way the above-mentioned sentence is structured, the word lack is no more the verb for the subject students. The word lack is the subject for the verb is now. Hence, there is no verb for the subject students per choice C.

Also, this choice uses the idiom so large as to be... which fails to communicate the intended meaning of the sentence.


Hope this helps. :-)
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