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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:01
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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Ans: C
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:09
gk3.14 wrote:
Ans: C


Unfortunately no. Pl add reasoning.
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:12
its E
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:24
Answer is B IMO

SO adjective THAT clause

WERE IT TO DO SO shows hypothetical situation -> subjuntive mood and WOULD RISE in the ununderlined part finishes such hypothesis
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:32
B? it is too verbose..
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:33
I thought C because the parallelism it offers..

What is OA?
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:36
Ok, I see it now. D is probably a better answer.

because so reflective is unnecessary
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:41
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Answer is B IMO

SO adjective THAT clause

WERE IT TO DO SO shows hypothetical situation -> subjuntive mood and WOULD RISE in the ununderlined part finishes such hypothesis


Brilliant explanation. Yup OA is B.
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:55
B

it is the only choice that makes sense. C seems ok, but look at the meaning of "or else" this is not what they are asking
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:58
hindsight 20-20 :oops:
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Answer is B IMO

SO adjective THAT clause

WERE IT TO DO SO shows hypothetical situation -> subjuntive mood and WOULD RISE in the ununderlined part finishes such hypothesis


Great explaination.
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u2lover wrote:
Answer is B IMO

SO adjective THAT clause

WERE IT TO DO SO shows hypothetical situation -> subjuntive mood and WOULD RISE in the ununderlined part finishes such hypothesis


Brilliant!
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 20:42
Recently discussed.

are so...is so....

hypothetical condition so the sentence needs "were"

also, semicolon is correctly used here.
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New post 22 Aug 2006, 21:50
B as explained by U2.
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