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# The category 1 to 5 rating known as the Saffir-Simpson

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The category 1 to 5 rating known as the Saffir-Simpson [#permalink]

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04 Jul 2009, 01:42
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The category 1 to 5 rating known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale provides an estimate of a hurricane’s potential of destroying or damaging property, and is primarily determined from wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as to blow away small buildings, completely destroy mobile homes, and cause severe window and door damage.

A) of destroying or damaging property, and is primarily determined from wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
B) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined from wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough
C) of destroying or damaging property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
D) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough
E) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
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04 Jul 2009, 02:03
E

idioms:
1) determined by
2) so..as to
3) Potential to
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04 Jul 2009, 02:36
Response.

A) of destroying or damaging property, and is primarily determined from wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
B) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined from wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough
C) of destroying or damaging property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
D) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough
E) to destroy or damage property, and is primarily determined by wind speed; a category 5 storm has wind speeds so high as
always use potential to do x....is appropriate so B D and E remain
E uses so high as to so idiom propoerly used it is not proper to say speeds high enough so
Plz share OA
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06 Jul 2009, 02:18
I went for D.

Also, the page below says that the OA is D:

sc-winds-68752.html#p518391
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06 Jul 2009, 02:25
Why can't the ans be (D) instead of (E)
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06 Jul 2009, 05:24
shrutisingh wrote:
Why can't the ans be (D) instead of (E)

good question ... may be if two answers are very close then choose the one using the idiom(s)? please some one discuss this..
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06 Jul 2009, 07:16
http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... post644276

See the link for OA and OE. Nicely explained

OA is given as E here.
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06 Jul 2009, 08:23
zoltan wrote:
I went for D.

Also, the page below says that the OA is D:

sc-winds-68752.html#p518391

It's a MGMAT question.
Following is the explanation provided :-

When referring to y as the potential outcome of x, the correct idiom is “x’s potential to y.” This sentence incorrectly phrases the idiom as “a hurricane’s potential of destroying or damaging.” When referring to the use of y to determine x, the correct idiom is “x is determined by y.” This sentence incorrectly phrases the idiom as “potential … is determined from wind speeds.” Finally, there is a subtle distinction between the idiom "so x as to y" and “x is enough to y.” The original sentence uses the idiom "so x as to y" to indicate that characteristic x is so extreme in the particular case that y results. In contrast, the idiom "x is enough to y" is used when x is the criteria by which an ability to achieve y is measured. Thus, if a sentence stated that "a category 5 storm has wind speeds high enough to blow away small buildings," this would convey a different meaning: that wind speeds are the criteria by which one measures the ability to blow away small houses.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) When referring to the use of y to determine x, the correct idiom is “x is determined by y.” This sentence incorrectly phrases the idiom as “potential … is determined from wind speeds.” The change from the original idiom "wind speeds so high as to..." to the idiom presented in this sentence “high enough to...” changes the original meaning of the sentence; it conveys that wind speeds are the criteria by which one measures the ability to blow away small houses. The idiom "so x as to y" is required instead to match the original meaning: that characteristic x (the wind speed) is so extreme in the particular case (a category 5 storm) that y results (small houses are blown away).

(C) When referring to y as the potential outcome of x, the correct idiom is “x’s potential to y.” This sentence incorrectly phrases the idiom as “a hurricane’s potential of destroying or damaging.”

(D) The idiom “high enough to blow away small buildings” changes the original meaning; it conveys that wind speeds are the criteria by which one measures the ability to blow away small houses. The idiom "so x as to y" is required instead to match the original meaning: that characteristic x (the wind speed) is so extreme in the particular case (a category 5 storm) that y results (small houses are blown away).

(E) CORRECT. All idioms in the sentence are used correctly.

Another E
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06 Jul 2009, 09:59
imanonymoususer,

Thank you very much for the explanation.
Re: Hurricane   [#permalink] 06 Jul 2009, 09:59
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