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# #Top150 SC: Recent indications of weakness in the economy

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10 Oct 2015, 22:33
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Recent indications of weakness in the economy have lead consumers to be more conservative with their purchases; so depressed have sales figures been as a result that government has launched several initiatives to actively encourage consumer spending.

A. so depressed have sales figures been as a result that

B. the sales figures have been so depressed as a result that

C. as a result, so depressed has the sales been that

D. the resulting sales figures having been so depressed that

E. the sales figures have been so depressed that, as a result,

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10 Oct 2015, 23:45
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Recent indications of weakness in the economy have lead consumers to be more conservative with their purchases; so depressed have sales figures been as a result that government has launched several initiatives to actively encourage consumer spending.

A. so depressed have sales figures been as a result that

B. the sales figures have been so depressed as a result that

C. as a result, so depressed has the sales been that.................have (Plural verb) is needed

D. the resulting sales figures having been so depressed that..................having been depressed changes the meaning here.

E. the sales figures have been so depressed that, as a result,

Selected E out of A, B and E.

Placement of Idiom so...........that and as a result have to be observed thoroughly here.
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11 Oct 2015, 01:47
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simply we need to learn what gmat prefer in this case. gmat do not like inverted order with the "so...that" . nothing to learn

so, B is better than A

IMO B.
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11 Oct 2015, 04:29
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A. so depressed have sales figures been as a result that --- I would reckon this as the best

B. the sales figures have been so depressed as a result that ---Use of the definite articles changes the meaning as if we are talking about a specific set of figures but not overall figures.

C. as a result, so depressed has the sales been that --- SV number agreement problem

D. the resulting sales figures having been so depressed that -- ‘having been’ gives an impression that depression is already over and that government is initiating an unnecessary belated remedial action ; on the contrary ‘have been’ implies the depressing is still on-going.

E. the sales figures have been so depressed that, as a result, -- The sales figures have been depressed as a result of tardy consumer purchases. Government’s action is not as a result; sly pitfall

A is the preferred choice; a nice question because the choices hinge on subtle change of meaning.
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06 Dec 2017, 05:34
In Option A, "that" seems to modify result. If not, then how we will choose between A,B & E?
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06 Dec 2017, 07:15
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souvik101990 wrote:
Recent indications of weakness in the economy have lead consumers to be more conservative with their purchases; so depressed have sales figures been as a result that government has launched several initiatives to actively encourage consumer spending.

A. so depressed have sales figures been as a result that

B. the sales figures have been so depressed as a result that

C. as a result, so depressed has the sales been that

D. the resulting sales figures having been so depressed that

E. the sales figures have been so depressed that, as a result,

A. so depressed have sales figures been as a result that - Correct (so X as Y)

B. the sales figures have been so depressed as a result that - use of 'The' changes the meaning.

C. as a result, so depressed has the sales been that - SV Error

D. the resulting sales figures having been so depressed that - meaning error.

E. the sales figures have been so depressed that, as a result, - keeping 'as a result' within commas makes it unwanted and so changes the meaning.
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06 Dec 2017, 07:23
ImAnkitKaushik wrote:
In Option A, "that" seems to modify result. If not, then how we will choose between A,B & E?

Hi IamAnkitKaushik,

That can also be used to connect two clauses.

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06 Dec 2017, 07:45
Kchaudhary wrote:
B. the sales figures have been so depressed as a result that - use of 'The' changes the meaning.

Can you elaborate this point a little?
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06 Dec 2017, 08:01
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ImAnkitKaushik wrote:
Kchaudhary wrote:
B. the sales figures have been so depressed as a result that - use of 'The' changes the meaning.

Can you elaborate this point a little?

Hi IamAnkitKaushik,

Pls see the above post by Daagh, he has well explained the same.
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Re: #Top150 SC: Recent indications of weakness in the economy [#permalink]

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06 Dec 2017, 09:32
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In A don't you think as a result is not necessary ?

so depressed have sales figures been that government has launched X
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