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# The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized

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The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”
(A) so unrealistic as to constitute
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute

i can make out "so..as to" usage but but still dont have reason to eliminate (B) and (C) ,friends illuminate ,thanks
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11 Oct 2009, 06:35
sacmanitin wrote:
The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

(A) so unrealistic as to constitute----- "so xxxx as to xxxx" wrong use of idiom
(B) so unrealistic they constituted-------"so xxxx that xxxx" is the correct idiom, so "that" is missing here.
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted------seems correct
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute------"enough to" is the correct idiom
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute----"enough so as to" wrong usage

i can make out "so..as to" usage but but still dont have reason to eliminate (B) and (C) ,friends illuminate ,thanks

I was stuck with "C" & "E". But "C" is my final answer.
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sacmanitin wrote:
The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

(A) so unrealistic as to constitute
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute

i can make out "so..as to" usage but but still dont have reason to eliminate (B) and (C) ,friends illuminate ,thanks

There are two idioms here

So X as to Y
X enough to Y

They are pretty similar.
In this case, it would be the first one to be used --> Unrealistic is an ability that constitutes

The construct of the first idiom has to be "So X as to Y". Then, I would choose A.

Is that correct?

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21 Nov 2009, 12:13
hi

Can anyone comment what's wrong with C, besides that it's more wordy than A?
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Rule 1 - "So as" together is almost always never correct. The correct form is "So + adjective + as to + verb".
Rule 2 - If nothing seems wrong with the question, don't even bother for a better sentence among the answer options. Only if there seems like a mistake, go ahead and consider a better way of saying that part of the sentence.

My answer should be A. What is the OA?
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21 Nov 2009, 21:10
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Rule 1 - "So as" together is almost always never correct. The correct form is "So + adjective + as to + verb".
Rule 2 - If nothing seems wrong with the question, don't even bother for a better sentence among the answer options. Only if there seems like a mistake, go ahead and consider a better way of saying that part of the sentence.

My answer should be A. What is the OA?

Hi Barni, do you want to give five?
I totally agree with you according your 1st rule, however, 2nd one is weak.
Ok Let do the following,

The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic that they have constituted what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

(A) so unrealistic that they have constituted
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
(C) so unrealistic as to constitute
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute

Which one is right? and whatis wrong with A?

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21 Nov 2009, 21:48
sacmanitin wrote:
The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

I choose A.

(A) so unrealistic as to constitute
"So X as to Y" is idiomatic.
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
"So X they Y" is unidiomatic.
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted
Same as B. Also "have constituted" is unnecessary and indicates a continued action or effect.
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
Awkward and unidiomatic.
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute
Awkward and unidiomatic.
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22 Nov 2009, 00:15
sacmanitin wrote:
The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

(A) so unrealistic as to constitute
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute

i can make out "so..as to" usage but but still dont have reason to eliminate (B) and (C) ,friends illuminate ,thanks

A. None of the coices is idiomatic. Only A has correct idiom --- so x as to y.
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22 Nov 2009, 14:28
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Hi Barni, do you want to give five?
I totally agree with you according your 1st rule, however, 2nd one is weak.

Dude, we don't ask. We just lift our hand and if no one's around, we give ourselves a self-five!!!!

Anyways, believe me, check as many questions on OG as you would like and rule 2 is undebatably perfect. True Story!!!
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14 Apr 2010, 05:21
I'm struggling here.

What's wrong with C?

1) except it's more wordy
2) except it's not better than the original sentence
3) I think they is clearly referring to "the features" here? they are in the same clause.
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14 Apr 2010, 11:21
sacmanitin wrote:
The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

(A) so unrealistic as to constitute
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute

i can make out "so..as to" usage but but still dont have reason to eliminate (B) and (C) ,friends illuminate ,thanks

Good One!. A is incorrect because so as is unidiomatic and also it's ambiguous because it is not clear what consitutes, the portrait or the features. D, E are out. Enough so is incorrect. C is incorrect, simple present tense of the verb is proper.. B it is. "They" clearly modifies features and so+adjective+ that is idiomatic.
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The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

(A) so unrealistic as to constitute
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted - present perfect not needed because features of the portrait are still unrealistic
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute
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The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

(A) so unrealistic as to constitute
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute

a. so x as to y is the correct idiom. CORRECT

b. constituted is wrong tense
c. they have constituted, present continuous tense
d. ambiguous
e. so as to is wrong
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The Emperor Augustus, it appears, commissioned an idealized sculptured portrait, the features of which are so unrealistic as to constitute what one scholar calls an “artificial face.”

(A) so unrealistic as to constitute
(B) so unrealistic they constituted
(C) so unrealistic that they have constituted - present perfect not needed because features of the portrait are still unrealistic
(D) unrealistic enough so that they constitute
(E) unrealistic enough so as to constitute

Thanks. I think the tense is the key as the entire sentence should be in simple present tense.
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04 Jul 2010, 02:55
so as to used for -ve sense, so eliminating A and E.
so that is correct structure, So eliminating B.
Correct ans. is C as per my opinion.
Anyone plz explain why D is not correct.
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18 Dec 2010, 06:59
Im still confused with this one and I dont see whats wrong with C.
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03 Jan 2011, 10:21
A so As to ---idiomatic expression
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26 Jul 2011, 02:09
so X that Y is also correct idiom??
How is C wrong?
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26 Jul 2011, 06:01
C is for me
So X that Y is the idiom

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