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# The ancient Inca city of Macchu Picchu, perched on a ridge in the Ande

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The ancient Inca city of Macchu Picchu, perched on a ridge in the Andes Mountains of Peru, had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation.

A. had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation

B. had been built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation

C. was built at a high enough altitude that modern day tourists from lower elevations often become sick with oxygen deprivation when visiting the city

D. was built at such a high altitude that modern-day tourists from lower elevations often become sick from oxygen deprivation when visiting the city

E. was built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation

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14 May 2012, 00:44
The ancient Inca city of Macchu Picchu, perched on a ridge in the Andes Mountains of Peru, had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation.

A: had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation
B: had been built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation
C: was built at a high enough altitude that modern day tourists from lower elevations often become sick with oxygen deprivation when visiting the city
D: was built at such a high altitude that modern-day tourists from lower elevations often become sick from oxygen deprivation when visiting the city
E: was built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation
The ancient Inca city of Macchu Picchu, perched on a ridge in the Andes Mountains of Peru, had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation.

A: had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation--> the usage of past perfect is not required ,as it is already known explicitly that the construction of the site was done in the past.
B: had been built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation--> the usage of past perfect is not required ,as it is already known explicitly that the construction of the site was done in the past.
C: was built at a high enough altitude that modern day tourists from lower elevations often become sick with oxygen deprivation when visiting the city-->sick with oxygen deprivation is wrong usage,although the problem with past perfect tense is rectified.
D: was built at such a high altitude that modern-day tourists from lower elevations often become sick from oxygen deprivation when visiting the city-->correct usage
E: was built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation--> changes the meaning and leads to a fatal error.Modern day tourists are from the cities and not from lower elevation ..
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The ancient Inca city of Macchu Picchu, perched on a ridge in the Andes Mountains of Peru, had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation.

A: had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation

'altitude' is the one making tourists sick. 'it' isn't needed.
'from', 'by', anything meaning a cause is preferred to 'with'. Because tourists get sick cased by the altitude.
Not sure of 'had been' usage

B: had been built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation

C: was built at a high enough altitude that modern day tourists from lower elevations often become sick with oxygen deprivation when visiting the city

D: was built at such a high altitude that modern-day tourists from lower elevations often become sick from oxygen deprivation when visiting the city

Correct

E: was built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation

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06 Jun 2012, 00:21
monir6000 wrote:
The ancient Inca city of Macchu Picchu, perched on a ridge in the Andes Mountains of Peru, had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation.

A: had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation
B: had been built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation
C: was built at a high enough altitude that modern day tourists from lower elevations often become sick with oxygen deprivation when visiting the city
D: was built at such a high altitude that modern-day tourists from lower elevations often become sick from oxygen deprivation when visiting the city
E: was built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation

First, the correct tense is past simple instead of past perfect. So, eliminate choice A and B.

Second, "such a high attitude that" is the correct form. The other forms such as "so high of an altitude that" and "high enough altitude that" are not correct.
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09 May 2016, 07:57
SudiptoGmat wrote:
The ancient Inca city of Macchu Picchu, perched on a ridge in the Andes Mountains of Peru, had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation.

A. had been built at a high enough altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick with oxygen deprivation

B. had been built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation
C. was built at a high enough altitude that modern day tourists from lower elevations often become sick with oxygen deprivation when visiting the city
D. was built at such a high altitude that modern-day tourists from lower elevations often become sick from oxygen deprivation when visiting the city
E. was built at so high of an altitude that it often makes modern-day tourists from lower elevations sick from oxygen deprivation

OE:

3. The original sentence contains several flaws. First, the past perfect "had been" is unnecessary here because there is only one past event. Second, "high enough" implies that the oxygen deprivation was a goal of the Incas. Third, "it" in this context is ambiguous: is it the altitude or the city that makes tourists sick? Finally, "sick with" is incorrect. It should be "sick from."
(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) This choice incorrectly uses the past perfect "had been." Additionally, the pronoun "it" is ambiguous in this context and the phrase "so high of an altitude" is awkward.
(C) This choice incorrectly uses the phrases "high enough altitude" and "sick with."
(D) CORRECT. The simple past verb "was" correctly replaces the past perfect verb "had been." The phrase "such a high altitude" replaces "high enough altitude." The sentence is rewritten to avoid ambiguity by removing the pronoun "it." Finally, this choice uses the phrase "sick from" in place of the unidiomatic "sick with."
(E) This choice incorrectly uses the awkward phrase "so high of an altitude." Additionally, the pronoun "it" in this context is ambiguous.
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16 Aug 2018, 08:53
So I have a question about the usage of "sick with":
In many dictionaries, "sick with" is a legit idiom, for example:
sick with worry (American Heritage Dictionary)
He fell sick with malaria on a trip to Africa (Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary)
I have been sick with flu. (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)

Can anyone help me on this one please, thank you
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