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Antarctica receives more solar radiation than does any other place on Earth, yet the temperatures are so cold and the ice cap is reflective, so that little polar ice melts during the summer; otherwise, the water levels of the oceans would rise 250 feet and engulf most of the worldâ€™s great cities.

A. is reflective, so that little polar ice melts during the summer; otherwise,

B. is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; were it to do so,

C. so reflective that little polar ice melts during the summer, or else

D. reflective, so that little of the polar ice melts during the summer, or

E. reflects so that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; if it did
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23 Nov 2005, 18:13
A -> awkward sentence, makes 'ice cap is reflective' like a phenomena despite getting more solar radiation
B -> out, second part of sentence is not independent
C -> out, use of 'or else' sounds awkward
D -> suggest a choice of x or y
E -> Going with this choice. Second part is independent, first part does not have double meaning

E for me.
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23 Nov 2005, 18:41
I would say (B) maintains parallel structure of so...so... Besides, the sentence correctly uses the unreal conditional.
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23 Nov 2005, 19:13
B as well.

is so cold should be followed by is so reflective: parallel.
B also use the unreal condition: the best choice.
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24 Nov 2005, 01:30
I vote for B.

A - Incorrect. Usage '...is reflective....'
B - Correct.
C - Incorrect. Usage '..is so reflective ....'
D - Incorrect. Usage '...reflective'
E - Incorrect. Usage '...reflects so that ...'

Hence B.
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21 May 2015, 08:05
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What is OA?

is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; were it to do so,

Only (B) uses -

1. Correct Idiomatic Expression - So X that Y

2. Were it - Subjecuntive Mood

3. so cold and so reflective that - So ............ So maintains parallelism.

Hence I humbly feel OA must be (B)
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