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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 world’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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Hello, everyone:

I'll take up the cause of "what does 'it' refer to in choice B" a little further. In B, not only does the pronoun "it" present a reference problem, but the phrase "were it to do so" also has no logical referent. Because we're already saying that "little polar ice melts", so "were it to do so" only confirms that, yes, it does melt...but we've already acknowledge that. Without a transition like "were MORE ice to melt", this phrase is illogical.

Interestingly, in Googling this question to see if I could find an official source for it, I've found an alternate version of choice B that begins:

were it NOT to do so

Even that seems dubious to me as that would also seem an illogical meaning (were little ice NOT to melt...), but the whole process makes me wonder a bit about the true wording of this question. B, as written, cannot be correct, but C doesn't look to be correct either (the "or else" is a bit of a run-on sentence). Does anyone have the original source on this one? Since there are a few versions of these answer choices out there, I wonder if the exact question is worded differently than we have it .
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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 world’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

I think the answer is C

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

why do I feel were it to do so, in B is not so right?

I may be wrong. But this is my opinion
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I think the 2nd part of the sentence is hypothetical so its in subjuntive mood structure.
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20 Sep 2008, 11:19
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Nihit wrote:
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 world’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

IMO B) ... ||ism

While I agree with the answer, I dont agree that its parallelism. IMO, Mere use of two so's does not signify parallelism. thoughts

Idiom So X that Y
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I think B mentains ||sm but the last part, ; were it to do so, is not good.

Can someone explain on this part?

amitdgr wrote:
Nihit wrote:
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 world’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

I think the answer is C

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

why do I feel were it to do so, in B is not so right?

I may be wrong. But this is my opinion

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03 Oct 2010, 09:04
I am equally confused by option B. semicolon (;) introduces independent clause that should stand on its own. How does "were it to do so" fit into the independent clause?
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05 Dec 2010, 07:20
While I agree with ||ism with so ..so....but could someone explain how does "were it to do so" fit into the independent clause?
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In B, Were it to do so is just a poetic way of expression. Otherwise it simply is the past subjunctive mood of the hypothetical and impossible phenomenon, which literally means - if it were to do so -. So B is passable.

But C has a problem of an independent clause starting with - or else - being conjugated by a simple comma.

The plausible choice must be B as others can not stand the llism test and are riddled with other errors too.
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It is a main clause after semicolon in B , so there is no problem with that choice.
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07 Mar 2012, 16:08
B it is, since...

correct use of idiom so... that
parallel construction, in parallel with "temperatures are so cold "
Use of "were it to do so" correctly represents past subjunctive mood which can be interpreted as "otherwise".
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08 Mar 2012, 05:38
Basically this is a parallelism question. B is the correct answer as it correctly maintains the parallelism (so cold and so reflective).
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Hello, everyone:

I'll take up the cause of "what does 'it' refer to in choice B" a little further. In B, not only does the pronoun "it" present a reference problem, but the phrase "were it to do so" also has no logical referent. Because we're already saying that "little polar ice melts", so "were it to do so" only confirms that, yes, it does melt...but we've already acknowledge that. Without a transition like "were MORE ice to melt", this phrase is illogical.

Interestingly, in Googling this question to see if I could find an official source for it, I've found an alternate version of choice B that begins:

were it NOT to do so

Even that seems dubious to me as that would also seem an illogical meaning (were little ice NOT to melt...), but the whole process makes me wonder a bit about the true wording of this question. B, as written, cannot be correct, but C doesn't look to be correct either (the "or else" is a bit of a run-on sentence). Does anyone have the original source on this one? Since there are a few versions of these answer choices out there, I wonder if the exact question is worded differently than we have it .

I am glad my reasoning resonates with that of yours
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i am a lil skeptical about using little of the polar ice melts
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I hope such questions does not show up on final day ...
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02 Sep 2015, 16:06
How is B better than C?

The "were it to do so" in B does not make sense. It could only refer to "little of the polar ice melting" but if little ice melts how can it result in water levels rising above 250 feet?

Can someone please explain?

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05 Feb 2016, 22:54
The temperatures are so cold and the ice cap is so reflective. Parellelism
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06 Feb 2016, 05:43
The temperatures are so cold and ice cap is so reflective.
"The temperatures are so cold" , "Ice cap is so reflective" - Can stand on its own.

Is the above statement not a run on sentence? I thought as Run-on and hence opt for C.

Can someone explain me on the concept where I m lagging here?
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