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According to some experts, carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere so rapidly, largely because of the burning of fossil fuels, that should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison will double by the end of the next century.
(A) that should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison
(B) should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison
(C) should the present rate of buildup be continued, the global concentration of this poison
(D) the global concentration of this poison, were the present rate of buildup continue,
(E) that the global concentration of this poison, if the present rate of buildup did continue,

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23 Sep 2008, 19:55
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The answer must begin with "that" so we'll be working with either A or E. E is less awkward than A, so I'm going with A.

The sentence must be coherent even if the parenthetical clause (, largely because of the burning of fossil fuels, ) is removed so "that" is necessary.
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23 Sep 2008, 20:02
So-That format. Boiled down to A & E.
will is used in the question so "should" is correct because it makes the situation as past. something like should you cry I will have to call your mom.

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23 Sep 2008, 23:14
bdumpala wrote:
According to some experts, carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere so rapidly, largely because of the burning of fossil fuels, that should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison will double by the end of the next century.
(A) that should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison
(B) should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison
(C) should the present rate of buildup be continued, the global concentration of this poison
(D) the global concentration of this poison, were the present rate of buildup continue,
(E) that the global concentration of this poison, if the present rate of buildup did continue,

A is the answer. We must select an option with 'that'. E is awkward because of the tense problem (did). Use & placement of 'should' highlights the alarm in the situation.
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02 Oct 2008, 09:53
Between A and E, because the idiom is so ____ that ____

In E, there's a modifer problem.
(E) that the global concentration of this poison, if the present rate of buildup did continue

What will double by the end of the next century? It is the the global concentration of poison (Choice a) - not the rate as in choice E.

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According to some experts, carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere so rapidly, largely because of the burning of fossil fuels, that should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison will double by the end of the next century.
(A) that should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison
(B) should the present rate of buildup continue, the global concentration of this poison
(C) should the present rate of buildup be continued, the global concentration of this poison
(D) the global concentration of this poison, were the present rate of buildup continue,
(E) that the global concentration of this poison, if the present rate of buildup did continue,

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02 Oct 2008, 12:16
A for subjunctive clause and "so.....that".
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03 Oct 2008, 01:46
A for me. We need "so...that" and "should", as in the main clause.
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