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# The ancient Romans piped hot water through the walls and under the flo

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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

Originally posted by zoom612 on 19 Jul 2006, 17:52.
Last edited by Bunuel on 18 Dec 2018, 03:01, edited 1 time in total.
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19 Jul 2006, 18:00
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Absolutely D

Correct Idiom "SO THAT (CLAUSE)"

A is incorrect, because there is no idiom "SO AS TO..." There is "SO x AS TO BE y" or "NOT SO x as y"

now C seems good, but "warm ... up" is separated... a no-no on gmat grammar
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19 Jul 2006, 18:09
Would it be correct , if option C were
'to warm up the rooms' ?
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19 Jul 2006, 18:19
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I picked C over D since it's more concise.

I don't see any reason why C is wrong.
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19 Jul 2006, 18:22
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zoom612 wrote:
Would it be correct , if option C were
'to warm up the rooms' ?

I would think so... can't find the rule now but could swear I read that keeping the verb and prepositions together is important... I think it came from MGMAT SC... just browsed through... can't remember where... Also never separate "to" and "base form of the verb" (to slowly go forward)

is D correct? (pm me if you don't want to post yet)
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19 Jul 2006, 20:54
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C although coincise, is awkward.
D and E use "so that" and "in order" which both are right. I will choose D over E.
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19 Jul 2006, 23:02
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zoom612 wrote:
Would it be correct , if option C were
'to warm up the rooms' ?

I read on testmagic that split infinitives aren't always wrong in gmat..
however in this case, it's wrong..
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01 Sep 2010, 05:56
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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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03 Mar 2011, 02:09
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"So as to" is wrong on the GMAT.

It needs So + Adjective + as to
e.g. ....so hot as to burn my mouth.

C) is wrong since "warm the room up" is unidiomatic. You "warm up the room".
E) B) awkward and lengthy as has already been pointed out above.
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04 Mar 2011, 11:46
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Those whoe think that D is the answer , whats dose "they" in D option refers to ??

does it refers to Romans, walls or floors??
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04 Mar 2011, 20:46
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garima,

In Ron's words:

"this question is horrible. you should run away from this source as fast as you can. don't look back.

you could argue for any one of (a), (c), or (d) here. all are acceptable.
if this were an official problem, it would say something like "in order to warm the rooms".

:D is this from 1000 SC?

garimavyas 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

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29 Oct 2011, 22:09
garimavyas 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

Thanks mundasingh for posting the link for Ron's reply. I also found a nice explanation of so as to usage on the link. Thought i'd post it here for everyone's review:

so as to : we need a verb after this.
so that : we need a subject after this, or u can say that a clause after so that.

now when you use "so as to", make sure there is only one AGENT before so as to.

here,
The ancient [Romans] piped hot water through [the walls] and under [the floors] so as to warm up the rooms

Can you see here we have 4 agents
romans
walls
floors
walls and floors

so This creates AMBIGUITY.

Best replacement of 'so as to' is 'so that'.
CLAUSE_1 so that CLAUSE_2
subject of CLAUSE_1 is subject of CLAUSE_2
so in ur question, "they" refers to Romans.

I hope it helps.

example:
I study a lot so as to score high on GMAT.
only one AGENT here, "I"
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18 Dec 2018, 10:20
zoom612 wrote:
Would it be correct , if option C were
'to warm up the rooms' ?

Hello

The reason C is wrong coz it says To warm the room up

You don"t need Up or Down after warm.
Warm word itself means the temp will rise. It dosen't require up.
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