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# The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and

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The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and under the floors so as to warm up the rooms.

A. so as to warm up the rooms
B. and so would be able to warm up the rooms
C. to warm the rooms up
D. so that they could warm up the rooms
E. in order that they would warm up the rooms
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08 Oct 2008, 09:45
so X as to Y

to warm up is the correct usage

I am not sure but D is my choice although they does not have a clear reference.

For those who think C is correct, isn't this a case of Split infinitive?
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08 Oct 2008, 09:48
Nihit wrote:
so X as to Y

to warm up is the correct usage

I am not sure but D is my choice although they does not have a clear reference.

For those who think C is correct, isn't this a case of Split infinitive?

exactly!
i would pick D if i want to say this in everydays conversation
thats why it looks suspicious on gmat

'they' does not have a reference (romans or the walls)
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08 Oct 2008, 10:09
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The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and under the floors so as to warm up the rooms.

A. so as to warm up the rooms
B. and so would be able to warm up the rooms
C. to warm the rooms up
D. so that they could warm up the rooms
E. in order that they would warm up the rooms

i am confused between A and C, but will go with C.
B looks awkward and the 'they' in D and E is not clear. 'They' could mean romans or the pipes.

what is the OA
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08 Oct 2008, 10:17
Nihit wrote:
so X as to Y

to warm up is the correct usage

I am not sure but D is my choice although they does not have a clear reference.

For those who think C is correct, isn't this a case of Split infinitive?

i think a split infiitive is when you insert an adverb between "to" and the infinitive verb. i.e. to boldly go, or to really love

but in this case to warm up, warm is the verb

with that said, the OA does appear to be D, but I dont know why. I picked C
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08 Oct 2008, 10:20

" they " is ambiguous

c for me
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08 Oct 2008, 10:20
split infinitive is when a word is inserted between to and the verb, the verb here is warm up so it was kind of confusing thats why i picked D .
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08 Oct 2008, 10:29
Nihit wrote:
split infinitive is when a word is inserted between to and the verb, the verb here is warm up so it was kind of confusing thats why i picked D .

yeah, to warm up, I dont think, is a split infinitive. thats why the correct answer is confusing. C is more precise and economical IMO
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11 Oct 2008, 19:58
bigtreezl wrote:
The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and under the floors so as to warm up the rooms.

A. so as to warm up the rooms
B. and so would be able to warm up the rooms
C. to warm the rooms up
D. so that they could warm up the rooms
E. in order that they would warm up the rooms

IMO D
I scanned through the posts !!!i believe C is not correct since to warm rooms up is a total mess !!changes the meaning and sounds incorrect gramatically.

i was confused between A Vs D
so as is not better than so that .
so as to warm up sound incomplete !!!

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11 Oct 2008, 20:04
bigtreezl wrote:
Nihit wrote:
so X as to Y

to warm up is the correct usage

I am not sure but D is my choice although they does not have a clear reference.

For those who think C is correct, isn't this a case of Split infinitive?

i think a split infiitive is when you insert an adverb between "to" and the infinitive verb. i.e. to boldly go, or to really love

but in this case to warm up, warm is the verb

with that said, the OA does appear to be D, but I dont know why. I picked C

OA is D
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11 Oct 2008, 20:08
bigtreezl wrote:
The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and under the floors so as to warm up the rooms.

A. so as to warm up the rooms
B. and so would be able to warm up the rooms
C. to warm the rooms up
D. so that they could warm up the rooms
E. in order that they would warm up the rooms

oh! i see now you cant warm the rooms up, but you can warm up the rooms
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31 Oct 2009, 12:57
Right, it has to deal with "warm up the rooms." This is the correct phrase, and we can eliminate C. Choices A, B, and E sound awkward.
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31 Aug 2010, 19:11
why is "so as to warm up the rooms" wrong?
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01 Sep 2010, 04:34
IMO A ..

In D they sounds funny ./.
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The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and under the floors so as to warm up the rooms.

A. so as to warm up the rooms
Correct idiom should be so X and to Y
B. and so would be able to warm up the rooms
Wrong placement of "so"
C. to warm the rooms up
"up" should be after "warm"
D. so that they could warm up the rooms
CORRECT usage of "so" for the cause and effect relationship
E. in order that they would warm up the rooms
wrong "that" after "in order"; wrong use of "would"
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01 Sep 2010, 05:25
The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and under the floors so as to warm up the rooms.
A. so as to warm up the rooms
B. and so would be able to warm up the rooms
C. to warm the rooms up
D. so that they could warm up the rooms
E. in order that they would warm up the rooms

I went for A.
In option D, what does they refer to? Romans are not heating the rooms, its the piped hot water.
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01 Sep 2010, 06:55
DDDDDDDDDDDDD

Apparently so as to is NOT accepted in GMAT
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01 Sep 2010, 08:04
so [adjective] as to [verb] is the acceptable idiom in GMAT.

I picked C but I understand why C is incorrect. "We cannot warm ROOMS UP" rather "We can warm up the rooms"

good sentence.
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17 Jul 2011, 17:37
Doesn't D have a pronoun error? What does the "they" refer to? Romans or hot water?

If they refers to Romans, then are the Romans going to heat up the room?

If they refers to hot water, well can they refer to water?

IMO A.
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18 Jul 2011, 01:26
Chose D..
I think 'they' refers to the walls and floor... and not Romans..
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